Making Espadrilles with Penelope Chilvers
When we were asked to come along to an espadrille workshop with our favourite shoe designer Penelope Chilvers, we couldn’t believe our luck. Held in her gorgeous Duke Street store (with unbeatable interiors) on a brisk February morning we were greeted with a breakfast for kings and the best raw juices from our new favourite spot, The Farm Girl. Penelope warmly greeted us and talked us through the concept behind her latest theme, ‘Waste not want not’, showing us her gorgeous collection of vintage flamenco dresses all with unique and unusual prints and magnificent colours. The idea being to recycle vintage fabrics into new summer shoe creations. We were also treated to a preview of the new SS16 collections and a sneak peak of the AW16 boots, which we already have our eyes on. With espadrilles being her chosen summer shoe reminiscent of her regular visits to Spain since her childhood, we couldn't wait to get stuck in and make our own.
And so we began work on our little summer creations. With baskets of sumptuous velvet ribbon and rolls and rolls of striped canvas material in an array of colours, we felt a tad overwhelmed by the choice. We began experimenting with colours that would work best against our skin tone. As we were foraging through the different rolls we came across two stand out colours, neon pink and orange and instantly knew they were the chosen ones. I mean you really can’t beat a flash of neon on tanned summer feet. We called upon Penelope’s expertise for the final touch of the velvet ribbon ankle ties, as she showed us colour-ways that pair well together. Natania went for a contrasting vibrant blue to compliment the neon orange and after much deliberation I settled on a rich burgundy to sit with my neon pink.
And two months later with a knock at the door, Christmas came early as we were greeted with a big shiny Penelope Chilvers bag! Immaculately presented in their boxes with embossed gold logos our creations could not have turned out any better. We are so happy we went for stand out neon colours and contrasting velvet straps.
Having the chance to work so closely with Penelope was very special and it was so insightful having her input whilst designing. A big thank you again to Penelope and the team at Goodley Bullen PR for such an intimate and hands on experience, and for our gorgeous shoes. And what better a time to start wearing them, with this weekend being set to be hotter than Ibiza, bring on Summer!
Keep an eye out for the latest collection along with us modelling our customised espadrilles.
48 - 50 Ledbury Road
Notting Hill, London
69 Duke Street
D.A & N.B