The design process for Deborah Baker, the designer and founder of Fiorentini+Baker, is two-fold; creativity combined with durability - the results are simple, yet quite beautiful. Fiorentini and Baker are one of the few remaining designers who draw on the skills of Italy’s artisan shoemakers. It is a trade for which this country is famed for, yet one rapidly disappearing. The small, family run factories, where the shoes are produced, are a world away from the glossy magazines and glamorous worldwide boutiques where they inevitably end up. But perhaps it is this detachment from the fashion scene that ultimately gives the shoes their undeniable edge.