Without our designers, there wouldn’t be a RAID or BEBO! Our designers work hard on sourcing inspirations from catwalks, celebrities, designers and competitors to create us the most perfect collections for us to bring to you. They begin by collecting their inspo, drawing up their designs, transforming these into CAD’s, choosing their materials and then sending the final drafts off to our suppliers to create! What an exciting job to have!
Sometimes is nice to get to know the faces behind your fave pair of shoes…
Meet Charlotte, Raid's head designer
3 words to describe Charlotte : Sociable, creative and out-going!
Charlotte has been at Raid for just over 3 years now, she’s the team member that lives for the weekends, a giggle and a glass of wine! Charlotte is located in Leicester and travels each day to Birmingham for her job! When you love your job, the distance just doesn’t matter! Charlotte is part of the furniture and we really wouldn’t want it any other way!
What's your favourite part about your job?
My favourite part of my job is being able to sit and design shoes all day whilst travelling to different parts of the world to see more shoe design.
What is your favourite shoe that you have ever designed for RAID/BEBO and why?
My favourite shoe that I have ever designed for RAID is Valencia. I love sock boots and wet look materials.
What are your bad habits?
I would say my main bad habit is online shopping. Especially when my bank balance is saying no!
Who is your favourite designer?
I couldn’t nail it down to one, my favourites are Alexander Wang and Versace, I love the hardware details they use.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration in many places, catwalks, celebrity’s trends, street style, social media – the possibilities are endless for inspo!
Where did you study and what course did you do?
I studied two years of Fashion and footwear at Leicester college, then went on to do my degree of Footwear design for three years at DMU.
Meet Hollie, Raid's Junior Footwear Designer
3 words to describe Hollie : Quirky, colourful and bold!
Hollie has been at Raid for a year and a half and is the designer that reminds us to stay cool, colourful and quirky. She is always wearing a pop of colour to brighten up the day, and even drives a bight orange car! Hollie just loves to travel and puts us all to shame with her sporty hobbies! She’s almost 5ft 10 and makes us super jel of those long legs!
If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
Strawberry Mojito – A little quirky but still a classic haha.
What’s your favourite thing about being a footwear designer?
My favourite part of designing is the fact that it is limitless, something that starts as an idea can be developed until it becomes another person’s favourite pair of shoes. That is pretty cool! I guess on the flipside, the worst part is that I can’t be as creative as I would like, as then it would become less commercial.
Do you have a hobby outside of work?
My hobby outside of work is Korfball. It is a Dutch sport I compete in, in fact I love it so much I started my own team! The best way to describe it is a cross between Netball and Basketball.
Are you a heel or trainer type of girl?
Myself personally – Trainers! But I love to design heels.
Who is your idol?
My Idol is Blair Waldorf. I have watched Gossip Girl more times than I can remember and I was in awe of her wardrobe!
What is your new years resoloution?
My New Years Resolution is to travel more!
Meet the new girl on the block . . . Sofia, our second Junior footwear Designer
3 words to describe Sofia : Funny, Happy and a total daydreamer!
The newest member of the design team here at Raid! Sofia is from the south of Spain and has spent the last 3 years studying here in the UK. After being here for only a few months we are wondering how we ever lived without her!? The chatterbox of the team that makes everyone smile! Hopefully this time next year we will all be fluent in Spanish and Sofia will have a ‘brummy’ accent!
Tell us about yourself in less than 100 words...
My name is Sofia and I am originally from Spain, now living in cold England. Since I was a child I knew I wanted to do study something related with shoes, heels and sneakers. Last Summer I graduated in BA Footwear Design at DeMontfort University. After completing my degree I was a little bit scared, not sure about what was going to happen to me. However Raid has given me the opportunity to demonstrate my talent and I am very happy to now to be part of the Raid team as one of the designers!
Are you a RAID or a BEBO girl?
Mmmmm… hard question!!! I think I am more Raid girl at the moment haha but I have to say I love BEBO, I just need to learn how to walk in heels!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
This question is so hard lol, I think a dolphin because they live in the sea and I love the sea. They are also surround by family and friends but at the same time look free and happy travelling around the oceans. Dolphins are clever and kind animals!
What’s your favourite desk snack?
Well, I do not have a favourite snack because when I am hungry I will just eat whatever… I have been known to eat a whole bunch of bananas in ONE day! But my biscuits in the morning are just the best!