To help him take the next step towards his goal, we introduced Joseph to Rebecca Anderson, creative director and owner of Tauranga’s Chaos & Harmony, a successful New Zealand shoe brand that is expanding internationally.
“I was scared at first,” Joseph told us after he had chatted to Rebecca for a while, but he soon loosened up once they started talking about shoe designs. “It was really fun.”
Rebecca chatted with Joseph about some of the challenges when designing shoes for the modern woman – fit, form and function - and shared her career journey to where she is now. Her top tip for Joseph was to really focus on continually sketching and drawing his shoe designs and concepts. Just getting ideas out of your head and onto paper is an important part of the creative process and an excellent discipline to get into. As a mother of two young kids herself, Rebecca believes it is important to believe in children. “Joseph has got an idea. He is inspired - and that needs to be nourished,’ she said afterwards.