Old - The Story

I’ve been designing footwear for a long time, 15 odd years or so.  That’s a lot of shoes.  I mean, A LOT of shoes.  And among those hundreds and hundreds of pairs, there were ones that no matter how big my closet swelled, I always went back to.  What was it that made these particular styles my go-to’s?  A few things.  First, comfort.  When I’m not standing on my studio floor going through samples or doing fittings, I’m dashing around the globe sourcing and visiting manufacturers, so I have to have shoes that are comfortable, wearable and reliable.  Nothin fussy.  Second, modernism.  A common vein in all these staples was that they were modern and simple.  A pair of strappy flats that were versatile enough that I could wear them all day at a factory, but worked for aperitivo at night.  Lastly, well made.  You know what I mean.  You can feel it.  Shoes that are made with beautiful Italian materials, in small factories that pay attention to details.  When I looked down at my feet I thought about those lovely people that were proud to tan the leather, cut the patterns and stitch the uppers.  That’s it.  Comfortable, modern, quality is the backbone that I kept coming back to.  Easy.