Let's be honest here, there's nothing much that I love more than opening up a new box of beautiful shoes; tearing the tissue paper away, removing the stuffing, and modeling them in front of the mirror. A lot can be said about a woman's love for shoes, but the curious story behind how they got to you is often left untold. So I was really excited when I heard that one of my favourite footwear labels, Beau Coops, released a short video entitled: Merci Beau Coops - A Shoe Making Adventure, chronicling the journey of Beau Coops' enigmatic designer, Carrie Cooper, on her mission to create her S/S '11-'12 collection. The journey goes from Carrie's initial brainstorming sessions, to sketching, to visiting the factories in Italy, to the excitement of receiving her samples, to attending the trade shows at Premier Classe and Tranoi ... to finally seeing her designs in the boutiques of fashion capitals around the world. It's a long journey, but when you come out with designs as lovely as those offered by Beau Coops, it's well-worth the effort in the end.