Terry de Havilland has been a man of shoes for a long time - since the 1950's in fact, but it has not been an easy ride. Terry was first introduced to shoe making by his parents in the 1950's, who themselves manufactured shoes in London's East End. One of Terry's earliest memories is of his father creating shoes in the shed at the end of the garden. It was the 1940's and the shoes were platform.
Terry spent some time in Italy, where he got married. However, in 1960 his father asked him to come back to London to help with the family business. It was obvious that Terry was a gifted designer and pattern cutter, and with his help the family business took off. One of Terry's earliest clients was Paul Smith who at the time had a boutique called the Bird Cage in Nottingham. Success continued, and big names of the time became regular customers, including Bianca Jagger, Britt Eckland, Cher, Bette Midler, LuLu, and Angie and David Bowie.
Tragedy struck in 1970, with Terry's father's untimely death due to an accident in the factory. So Terry de Havilland became head of the family business. He did well until the 1980's, when casual shoes became more popular.
At this time, Terry made specially comissioned items for the Congnoscenti. However, his ideas sprang back to life in 2004 when the Terry De Havilland brand was relaunched with new backing. It was a huge success, and now the Terry de Havilland brand is stocked by the luxury retailers and boutiques across the globe.
Modern day celebs who enjoy wearing Terry de Havilland shoes include Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss, Mischa Barton and the ubiquitous Cheryl Cole (see the photo below).
The Terry de Havilland brand is sold in Harvey Nichols and many exclusive smaller designer boutiques.
The online sites I would recommend are:
my-wardrobe.com are UK based but also deliver worldwide.