Designer chat: tom gunn’s Gabrielle Thompson

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 1 Comment

tom gunn is one of Australia’s most luxurious, fashion-forward footwear labels, known for its unique design, luxurious materials and unparalleled quality. Designed in Australia by Gabrielle Thompson and Shannon Gunn, the namesake label has become highly coveted within the Australian fashion industry. With individual styling, tom gunn shoes are made with beautiful leathers and true exotic skins sourced from some of the top Italian tanneries and suppliers used by many famed international fashion houses including Prada, CoSTUME NATIONAL, Marni, Gucci and Longchamp.

I chatted all things shoes with one half of the design team – Gabrielle Thompson (pictured below right).  Now, I’m lusting after a pair of tom gunns even more!

Shannon Gunn and Gabrielle Thompson ... the designers behind shoe label tom gunn

Have you always had a fascination/keen interest with shoe design? Yes, we’ve always been a little obsessed with fashion and shoes in particular. Our passion lead us both to study fashion design and then shoe design with shoe masters in Milan.
What was the motivation to launch Tom Gunn shoes? A pure, unadulterated love for shoes. We met while working as footwear designers for an Australian brand, we instantly became friends and started day dreaming of starting our own label together one day.

tom gunn Alina heel $799

Did you see a gap in the shoe market in Australia? Yes we did see a gap in the Australian shoe market. We could never find shoes that we really loved in Australia. Our design jobs meant that we travelled overseas several times per year and would come back each time with more and more shoes that we couldn’t resist buying over there. We thought that Australia had such fantastic clothing designers, where were the independent footwear designers? 

tom gunn Aletta heel $699

What sets a Tom Gunn shoe apart from others in the same market? We think what sets us apart is our original design as well as our love of colour. We don’t really follow trends but more follow our hearts and design what we’d love to wear at that moment. We are not afraid of colour and unusual combinations of colour and have the most fun designing and then colouring up the collection.
Describe the Tom Gunn customer?
Our customers are fun women who are not afraid to wear something a little different. They also think the most important part of the outfit is the shoes.
Flats or heels? We love both! We probably wear flats more while running around but nothing makes you feel more special than a pair of hot heels.

tom gunn Sibella $659

How extensive is your shoe wardrobe? We wear our own shoes exclusively and have another 30 pairs on the way from our latest collection. We still both keep a few very special designer shoes from our days before tom gunn.

What’s the most memorable pair of shoes you have ever bought? We both have a pair of shoes from one of our favourite designers, Dries Van Noten!

tom gunn shoes are stocked in some of Australia’s most prestigious boutiques:  Jean Brown, Frockshop, The Dreamery, Booty, Designer Forum, Filly’s Stable, and Miss Mouse to name a few.  For more information, visit

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