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We all know the dangers of sending our children out to play in ‘good’ clothes and shoes, but we need to remember that old adage: kids will be kids.


One British mum is taking no nonsense, however, after her three-year-old returned home from a playdate with scuffs and Sharpie pen on her new Italian leather boots.


Fashion designer Sarah Bryan, from Yorkshire, was ‘disgusted’ by the state of daughter Isabella's shoes – and wasted no time in contacting the mother of the child Isabella had been playing with.



Mum Nicola was presented with an invoice for €380, to replace Isabella’s boots.


Sarah shared the message with The Sun. It reads:




“So, Isabella has just come home from her playdate with your child, and I am disgusted to see her new Italian leather shoes are all scuffed and have a Sharpie mark on them.


Below is the bill for these replacing, because they cannot be fixed – these are fine Italian leather! As a designer, I do not want my child to look anything less than pristine.


Bill for a replacement pair of Italian fur booties £325 to be paid by 01/02/2017 before I take this higher.


Thank you,





Sarah told the newspaper that, as Isabella is a model, she strives to ‘keep her in nice clothes and shoes all the time’.


So, what does Nicola make of the invoice, and Sarah’s reaction?


Nicola reckons it’s ‘a pile of nonsense’: "She needs to get over it, because no amount of bills she sends me will make me pay for the shoes.”



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