Welcome to my Shoe news. Fabulous updates and Milly J news
By millyjshoes, Feb 5 2020 10:39PM
In a mad rush, I received a call from the BBC Look East news team wanting to come in to chat to me - immediately. Catching wind of a special shoe I had just finished making for The Bridewell Museum.
The museum is holding a pop up event all this month in celebration of Norwich's historic shoe trade. The exhibit features shoes created by a cross section of women, with a special Milly J shoe sculpture which will be permanently housed in the Bridewell shoe section.
If you've not visited the museum, it has a magnificent room dedicated to John Newstead, a local pharmacist who received an MBE for his services to the pharmaceutical trade. Collections of quaint and curious artefacts from the Victorian era fill jars and shelves and my - it is a sight to behold! Inspired by this, the shoe scuplture created was in homage to this.
I will reveal the shoe properly soon.
By millyjshoes, Jan 11 2019 04:13PM
I was invited by news anchor, Susie Fowler-watt to be interviewed on the BBC Look East news couch this week! This was in light to my new campaign - Footwear Footprint..
They filmed in the shop and then interviewed me for the evening news. I’m on the campaign to reduce the landfill implications within the footwear industry with 330 million pairs in the uk alone manufactured a year with most of these ending up in landfill. One pair takes 50 years to decompose with gases and toxins released into our atmosphere due to the manmade materials in use. The way forward is upcyling. Transforming the pairs you don’t wear or old shoes into new designs. Putting off the landfill destiny for another few years! Fast fashion is an issue.
By millyjshoes, Nov 27 2018 07:00PM
Milly was invited as an “industry expert” by the BBC for The BBC Apprentice with my designs and clips sent to the team as inspiration, the winning team used the interchangeable clip idea.
Last night the, Milly J Ming Dynasty Teapot Shoe makes an appearance too!
By millyjshoes, Oct 30 2018 05:00PM
I was very lucky to be interviewed on the BBC Look East News couch alongside fellow soloist, Emma Nuule. The slot was hosted by BBC stalwarts, Stewart White and Amelia Reynolds, discussing our night of performance and singing for the Mudeka Foundation.
It was a dash from the studios to the stage for the night's performance however!
By millyjshoes, Oct 18 2018 06:35PM
Many know that I was originally trained as a professional actress and singer and the fluidity of the creative arts is very important to me.
I am thrilled to be raising awareness and singing for the Mudeka Foundation show. The foundation was established by Anna Mudeka and raises funds for orphaned children in Zimbabwe. As I too was an orphan, this is especially important to me.
I will be singing solos and alongside Soprano Emma Nuule.
Tickets are still available and the rehearsal was filmed by the BBC with Emma and I sitting on the BBC Look East couch this Friday prior to the show.
Photos are from yesterday's rehearsal.
By millyjshoes, Oct 18 2018 06:18PM
Matthew Gudgin - is one of the main BBC Norfolk Radio hosts, runs a Tuesday guest slot whereby the team choose an individual within Norfolk to be interviewed. The surprsing part is that all theguests have made contributuons to Norfolk life and have indeed had interesting lives thus far!
It is also considered to be the, "Desert Island Discs" of Norfolk. Choosing just 6 songs was a hard feat to achieve!
You can listen to my interview here:
By millyjshoes, Aug 23 2018 09:51AM
Norfolk has a strong history in footwear manufacturing. in the late 1700s, James smith was one of the founding fathers of mass producing shoes when he realised that most people had similar sized feet. Creating lasts that could take away the small scale, bespoke creation. His grandson later branded the shoes as - Start-rite.
Spring forward several centuries and the 1930s saw the emergence of Van dal Shoes who also manufactured shoes in the city. However, we have now heard of the sad demise of one of the last remaining footwear factories in the country.
With this news, the BBC called me to chat about the future of British footwear and to visit me in my shop. The interview was aired on the Nick Conrad show yesterday and can be found on BBC iplayer at timescale 2:08:50 with the link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06g3c3x
By millyjshoes, Sep 15 2017 01:36PM
Receiving an email from BBC News Look East's, Susie Fowler-Watt inviting me onto their news couch was quite surreal. Upon hearing of my shoes, awards and business endeavours, Susie immediately got me to chat to both her and Stewart.
A fascinating evening going behind the scenes, finding about the news process. Susie was enthralled by her Milly J Shoe clips and plans to visit the shop soon!
The footage can only viewed until 7pm GMT tonight. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b094dg76/look-east-evening-news-14092017
the footage begins at 20:06 timing.
By millyjshoes, Sep 15 2017 01:09PM
Following the fabulous news of my award shorlists, I was delighted to be invited on BBC Radio Norfolk to chat all things shoes and awards. A fun interview that made me feel at ease.
By millyjshoes, Jun 12 2017 03:03PM
As someone who enjoys working for the community - Milly was delighted to be invited to the Exclusive, Girls Night Out for Norwich School. With proceedings opened by the BBC's, Susie Fowler-Watt. I was humbled to exhibit alongside the fantastic fashion show they had on arranged.
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