Pip and Liz from Scarpa Shoes

If I Could…Meet Scarpa’s Liz Upton

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24 April 2023

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Scarpa, which was founded in 1978, has earned a reputation as one of the finest footwear labels. The company’s legacy was continued by sisters Liz Savage and Pip Larner, who have transformed Scarpa into a contemporary fashion powerhouse after taking over from their parents, who started the business nearly three decades ago. Pictured above (Pip Larner left and Liz Upton right)

WOMAN+ had the opportunity to connect with Liz, who shared insights on her fashion inspiration, favourite foods, and a particular pair of heels that she adores. As part of SCARPA The Label’s recent launch, Liz’s ride-or-die heels are now available for purchase. The new brand’s ethos revolves around enabling women to create a collection of hero. pieces in your wardrobe that are high-quality shoes that will endure for years. The ‘Georgie’ (featured below) would be my favourite pick, and it’s easy to see why.

If I could go back to my younger self, I would tell them…

Wear sunscreen.  Never let the thoughts of others affect your peace.  Back yourself and your aspirations!  

If I could be any woman in the world for a day, I would be…

Stella McCartney.  I love her take on fashion, that she’s hugely family orientated and her collections are inspired by them and the world around her.  

If I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life, I would eat…

Is chocolate a meal?  Anything with fresh seafood.  We grew up boating a lot as a family and the beach is my happy place so a perfect meal is straight from the ocean to plates!

If I could make a difference in anyone’s life, it would be…

My beloved dad who has had a sudden health scare which has  shaken our family and I wish him back to his full health and beautiful self.

If I could get on a plane, I would go to…

Amalfi Coast.  I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Italy regularly for designing, buying and sourcing, but have never quite made it to the Amalfi Coast and it’s one of my dreams!

If I could change one thing in my life it would be…

I’m very blessed and don’t have much to complain about, life has taught me that it is precious and to be grateful for what I have. 

If I could wear one pair of shoes for the rest of my life it would be….

Life would be very boring if I could only wear one pair of shoes for the rest of my life! Fashion is part of expressing who you are and my footwear choices reflect that.  In saying that, I’m definitely a heels girl regardless of running our business and looking after my two boys. My personal favourite is the Coco pump from our Winter capsule collection. 

If I could positively impact one change in the world it would be…

I really want to do all I can to bring up my boys to respect people, accept differences and help others who are less fortunate.  It might be a small impact but all good things start out small!

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