Our Story

Our Story

Based in Austin, Lou is a footwear brand for women founded by Brigitte Sharp. Inspired by the birth of her daughter, Simone Louise, who was born on the same day as her beloved grandmother's passing, Brigitte was motivated to build a brand that personifies the strong, fearless, and unique women in her life. 

Lou focuses on creating footwear that embodies subdued elegance and tenacity. Lou is understated, confident in it's quality and design, and combines classic shapes with an androgynous aesthetic. Every Lou capsule collection is tailored for the modern woman with a practical sensibility -  focusing on comfort and fit from the first wear. Design is approached with a focus that ensures that every detail is considered and implemented in the most thoughtful way. 

 Lou believes in responsible sourcing and is partnered with a factory who shares those same values. All of our footwear is born from fine leather sourced from Italy and handcrafted in Los Angeles, California. As a nod to the Lou spirit, every pair is lined with our signature olive green, a color symbolizing growth and renewal.


Supporting Our Future

Lou is a proud supporter of the organization She's the First. She's the First supports girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school through education funding, mentorship, and global leadership training. 
Lou donates 1% of all sales revenue directly to She's the First.