Heritage

Before it became the most fashionable and celebrated shoe brand in Twentieth Century British High Society, Rayne had already been concentrating on the production of theatre shoes from 1885. In the 1950s, the brand was being worn by many leading actresses of the time, such as Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich.

When in 1947 the then Princess Elizabeth, now the Queen, wore a pair of Rayne shoes for her wedding to Prince Philip, it was the beginning of Rayne’s golden era. The Queen, as well as other members of the royal family such as Princess Margaret and Princess Diana, continued to wear Rayne over the years. Today Rayne is run by Nicholas, the founder’s great-grandson, and he has appointed the famous shoe designer Ernesto Esposito as creative director of the brand.

 

 

 

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Henry & Mary Rayne founded Rayne Shoes in London. By the turn of the Twentieth Century Rayne had become London’s leading theatrical costumiers and supplied footwear to many leading actors and dancers of the day.
After the First World War, Henry Rayne’s son Major Rayne opened a ladies shoe shop in New Bond Street bringing their exclusive lines of ladies day and evening shoes to a wider market.
Rayne was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Mary- an honour that was repeated by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and then again by our present Queen
Rayne supplied Vivian Leigh with her shoes for the film “Anthony & Cleopatra” and this happened again in 1960 when Rayne made the shoes for Elizabeth Taylor for the movie “Cleopatra”, the most expensive film ever made up to then. After the Second Wor
Throughout this period, Rayne collaborated with many famous couturiers like Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, & John Cavanagh as well as the celebrated shoe designer Roger Vivier.
Rayne shop in Old Bond St was completely redecorated by the famous stage designer Oliver Messel.
Mary Quant designed her first leather stacked stiletto and Shirley Temple-style ankle-straps for Rayne
Bill Gibb designed collections for Rayne. And Rayne still supplied the shoes for several leading French couturiers houses such as Lanvin and Nina Ricci.
Edward Rayne was knighted by the Queen.
Nicholas Rayne re-launched the brand, after an interlude of almost 25 years, thanks to the partnership with CDivertiamo and with the engagement of Laurance Dacade as designer.
Michael Pick launched the book “Rayne, Shoes for Stars” during the eponymous exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum.

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