Studio Stalker! Inside Martha Davis' Super-Cool Hayes Valley Workspace

One of the most talented designers residing in San Francisco, shoemaker Martha Davis is loved locally and beyond for her functional-yet-mega-fashionable footwear line. Naturally, Davis’ Hayes Valley workspace is equally awesome. To show you where all the magic happens (well, here and at a factory outside of Venice that also makes shoes for Chanel and Chloé!), we visited Davis in her super-cool workspace. Take a look at her artful interiors—plus loads of shoe porn!—and get inspired.!
1 of 10
How would you describe the feel of your studio?
"The studio is kind of like a workshop/shed you might have out in the back of your house in the Catskills."
2 of 10
How would you describe your shoes, in a nutshell?
"Confident and original!"
3 of 10
What's your philosophy when it comes to the materials you use?
"I am adamant about quality and love things that are unexpected or unusual."
4 of 10
How often are you in Italy, where your factory is located?
"For my business, I spend time in Florence and Bologna sourcing material and Venice where my factory is. I like to be very hands on with process, so I go about 10 times a year. In the town where the factory is located, there is a small factory for every part of the process—from the last and the heels, to the leather and hardware, to the boxes and bags. I am like a kid in a candy shop running back and forth putting a design together!"
5 of 10
Martha's debut line for men, filled with colorful loafers.
6 of 10
What's your favorite part of your workspace?
"The built-in pockets for shoes and the light."
7 of 10
We notice you have a Vivienne Westwood book in your studio. Is she an inspiration?
"A huge inspiration. She is a true original and has amazing guts."
8 of 10
Designer Martha Davis.
9 of 10
How would you describe your own personal style?
"No fuss."
10 of 10
What's up next for you?
"I'm looking to get closer to the making process."

More from Designers


R29 Original Series