Liam Dillon was born and raised on the rich agricultural soil of a west Gippsland dairy farm. After high school he moved to Melbourne to study Fine Art (Painting) at VCA. While he enjoyed the long hours in the studio and the practical side of painting, it was not quite right. At the age of 21 he moved to London and worked in a café where he made a friend who was studying to become a cordwainer. He was inspired by the ancient skills and techniques used in shoemaking that his friend spoke about. After moving back to Melbourne, he enrolled into Custom Made Footwear at RMIT to learn more about a material he had always had a fascination for; leather.
While studying he developed a passion for shoemaking and after the course’s completion, he set up his own studio where he worked towards starting his own shoe brand. He got a job working with Parigina Shoes, a family owned business established in the 60’s that make formal men’s footwear. While working here his own practice evolved from footwear to leather accessories, enjoying the greater design possibilities of these products. After years of working away in his own studio developing a range of products, Liam Dillon Design was born.