Expert Advice – Rebecca Anderson of Chaos & Harmony Shoes

The world that we are living in today is entirely different to that of two years ago. Weddings and celebrations have adapted and evolved to suit the volatile climate we find ourselves in. We sit down with Rebecca Anderson of Chaos & Harmony Shoes to see how she is rising to the challenge…

Tell us a little about your brand for those who may not yet know you:

Chaos & Harmony is a market-leading, boutique shoe company based in New Zealand, creating distinctively design-focused shoes that complement your style.

The Bridal Boutique collection was created to offer sleek, modern shoe styles that were complementary to the wedding dress and also could be worn more than once.

With a focus on effortless comfort, our shoes are handmade and must meet our design and quality benchmarks, using products that are forgiving on your feet through factories with ethical practices.

What is your number one piece of advice for couples in this climate when buying bridal shoes?

Make sure you find the shoes that complement your dress the most and make you feel comfortable. We also advise brides not to wait to purchase their shoes. We are experiencing delays that are out of our control, so when you find the ones you love, buy them.
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How are you handling COVID affected couples within your own business?

It is mainly brides that we are dealing with. We sympathise with them and let them talk through their frustrations, and look for silver linings and try and bring a solution if possible. We are also advising our brides to purchase well ahead of a time to avoid disappointment. This definitely helps.
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Thoughts on the future and how your business and sector may change or evolve?

We are proceeding with more appointments virtually, which allow brides the opportunity to talk to one of our stylists to find the perfect pair. We are also re-looking at our timelines for production to allow for more scope, this does mean more risk but with careful planning, we think we can make it work
What do you do personally to cope with the stress of COVID and Lockdown? Any rituals or actions that help get you through?

Yes, I walk daily and also spend that time praying and thinking about the day ahead. As a family, we have been watching a movie each night and playing games. We have actually gained back more momentum now being back in level 2 but I have felt the fatigue and so I’m just allowing myself to rest and sitting with things a little longer to make sure decisions aren’t made out of feelings but out of soundness in my mind.