Chei Mihara was born in Brazil to Japanese parents. When she was 22 she moved to New York to study design and worked as an accessories and shoe designer for New York labels before starting her own company in 2001. My good friend and jewellery designer, Beatriz Palacios, tipped me off about her at the weekend and I spent ages mooching around her website. It feels so personal and, in an odd way, romantic. She seems like a beautiful person but her shoes are kind of chunky and a bit tougher-they’re actually very Spanish. The ones above are from previous collections but appeal to me more. You can see current collections here.