soft italian leather baby shoes for boys and girls
Who I am

I am Catriona: mother, designer, shoe lover and now creator of Little Lulu’s. 

After I completed my studies in footwear and accessory design at Cordwainers College I began my career designing leather Italian-made handbags for a London based brand. My career then took me to work for a fast fashion company based in Hong Kong, designing faux leather handbags for high street retailers around the world.

 

When I returned to the UK I settled back in my hometown of Sheffield and continued my career working in the handbag industry whilst also briefly gaining some valuable experience working for a footwear company based in Manchester.

THE BEGINNING

Then I had my beautiful little girl, Layla. An amazing experience and one that made me decide that I wanted to be my own boss. The world of baby shoes was new to me and after learning more about the range available to our little ones I realised that more could be done to bring quality footwear with grown up designs to petite baby feet.

 

As I began designing I knew that I wanted the shoes to be very special. Most would agree that when you see a gorgeous baby shoe it creates a certain emotional reaction in you. That fundamental emotion is one I used to tap into when creating the designs and range to launch Little Lulu’s.

soft italian leather baby shoes for boys and girls
soft italian leather baby shoes for boys and girls
THE SHOES

My previous experience pushed me to find a reputable factory that could make my designs for me and after extensive research I found an amazing place in Italy which could deliver high quality and workmanship. Luigi and Rosa, the owners of the Italian atelier, have 30 years experience and have made baby shoes for some of the most famous fashion brands. They are made in the softest most beautiful eco-friendly nappa leather, with strong colours and in high fashion but playful designs.

 

Crucially these shoes are to be worn and not just displayed! Your baby’s comfort and safety is my priority and all of my designs are made with the flexibility your little one’s feet need during their most important early stages in life.

THE FUTURE

I am very excited to present the first of an exclusive range of baby shoes and I have plenty of plans and ideas for new designs that emulate big people trends for little people’s feet. I was also delighted to be awarded Bubble London’s Rising Star accolade in July 2015. Bubble London identifies the top kids fashion trends and I was incredibly proud to be recognised so early on in my new venture, with judge Laura Turner, editor of CWB magazine, commenting:

 

“We loved the design, and felt that they had got everything right – from price and age grouping, to target market. The product itself was beautiful, and had huge gift appeal.”

little lulus catriona alfaham wins bubble london rising star award 2015
WHO I AM

I am Catriona: mother, designer, shoe lover and now creator of Little Lulu’s. 

After I completed my studies in footwear and accessory design at Cordwainers College I began my career designing leather Italian-made handbags for a London based brand. My career then took me to work for a fast fashion company based in Hong Kong, faux designing leather handbags for high street retailers around the world.

 

When I returned to the UK I settled back in my hometown of Sheffield and continued my career working in the handbag industry whilst also briefly gaining some valuable experience working for a footwear company based in Manchester.

soft italian leather baby shoes for boys and girls
THE BEGINNING

Then I had my beautiful little girl, Layla. An amazing experience and one that made me decide that I wanted to be my own boss. The world of baby shoes was new to me and after learning more about the range available to our little ones I realised that more could be done to bring quality footwear with grown up designs to petite baby feet.

 

As I began designing I knew that I wanted the shoes to be very special. Most would agree that when you see a gorgeous baby shoe it creates a certain emotional reaction in you. That fundamental emotion is one I used to tap into when creating the designs and range to launch Little Lulu’s.

soft italian leather baby shoes for boys and girls
THE SHOES

My previous experience pushed me to find a reputable factory that could make my designs for me and after extensive research I found an amazing place in Italy which could deliver high quality and workmanship. Luigi and Rosa, the owners of the Italian atelier, have 30 years experience and have made baby shoes for some of the most famous fashion brands. They are made in the softest most beautiful eco-friendly nappa leather, with strong colours and in high fashion but playful designs.

 

Crucially these shoes are to be worn and not just displayed! Your baby’s comfort and safety is my priority and all of my designs are made with the flexibility your little one’s feet need during their most important early stages in life.

soft italian leather baby shoes for boys and girls
THE FUTURE

I am very excited to present the first of an exclusive range of baby shoes and I have plenty of plans and ideas for new designs that emulate big people trends for little people’s feet. I was also delighted to be awarded Bubble London’s Rising Star accolade in July 2015. Bubble London identifies the top kids fashion trends and I was incredibly proud to be recognised so early on in my new venture, with judge Laura Turner, editor of CWB magazine, commenting:

 

“We loved the design, and felt that they had got everything right – from price and age grouping, to target market. The product itself was beautiful, and had huge gift appeal.”

little lulus catriona alfaham wins bubble london rising star award 2015