The G.H. Bass & Co. loafer has sealed itself in fashion history as a timeless choice for both male and female style alike. It’s not often that one item of clothing is adopted across so many style cultures, which is testament to the values of quality, hard service footwear that G.H. Bass & Co. is known for.

Having graced the feet of silver screen stars, musicians and modern-day icons, the penny loafer and Bass Weejuns have been at the forefront of style for decades. We’re celebrating some of our favourite female style icons and looking at the tribes that they influenced over the years.

Grace Kelly and the All-American tribe

Grace Kelly remains one of the most memorable style icons to date for her determined fashion sense, honing her own signature style and igniting the all-American trend. She famously wore our very own G.H. Bass & Co. Weejuns penny loafers for promotional shots for one of her final films, To Catch a Thief, epitomising her clean and classic style.

The preppy look reappears decade after decade, continuing to inspire designers and form modern iterations of the tribe.

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Audrey Hepburn and the European New Wave

Audrey Hepburn’s timeless style continues to inspire today, with cropped cigarette trousers and crisp white shirts reappearing year after year. A close friend and muse of Givenchy, Hepburn helped to pioneer what she described as a more ‘attainable’ look, channelling a casual European vibe with a timeless cool feel. In the 1957 film Funny Face, Audrey can be seen dancing in a pair of G.H. Bass & Co. Weejuns paired with her signature cropped trouser and black rollneck.

Audrey Hepburn in G.H. Bass & Co.

Alexa Chung and quintessential British Indie style

Alexa Chung is essentially the sweetheart of the British fashion industry. Known for making the simplest wardrobe staples effortlessly cool rather than simply effortless, her collared shirts, denim jackets, loafers and ballet pumps have inspired young women for over a decade. Alexa has often been seen wearing Bass penny loafers.

Alexa Chung in loafers Image: Pinterest

Chloë Sevigny and modern grunge

Chloë first came into the spotlight in the 1990s as a model and young actress, turning heads with her edgy look and tomboy-style hair. Described by Vogue as the original street style icon, Chloë’s penchant for vintage, velvet and grungy takes on the high school check often make appearances in her ensembles today. A notable fan and previous collaborator of G.H. Bass, she spins the classic Bass shoe and brings a modern grunge edge to her style.

2048x2730-6-assets-elleuk-com-gallery-15563-1337184721-chloe-sevigny-biker-jackets-celebrity-fashion-trend-jpg Image: Elle

Shop the look

Whatever your tribe, the G.H. Bass & Co. loafer continues to lend itself to timeless style, combining the highest quality of craftsmanship and leather to create a hard-service shoe that will move with your style for years to come.

Want to get the look? Shop our classic and contemporary iterations of the loafer here.