For the man who had been thinking of moving his shop elsewhere because of he lack of demand, a fairytale commission came in the nick of time. For 33-year-old, Arty Achilleos, a Cypriot-born Greek, and his small team at Baboucha in high street, Barnet, Herts, were asked to make four pairs of bridesmaids’ shoes for the royal wedding (News, July 31,Page 4)
Arty who lives in potters bar, Hertfordshire, with his fashion designer wife and one year old son, is the fourth generation in his family to specialise in shoemaking.
He trained at cordwainers Technical College in Hackney, East London, and set up Baboucha (which means shoes in Greek) just over 2 years ago.
Since then, his list of clients has included Ava Gardner, Cyd Charisse and the exiled Queen of Greece, Queen Anne-Marie.