You Had Me At French

- By Andrea Mestrovic -

With shoe collections named Henrietta, Heidi, Gabi and Harriet, how can one not go flat over heels for French Sole – a British brand crafting smart ballet flats in a frenzy of colors, prints, patterns, and scintillating sequins.  The brand, created by a life-long aficionado of tulle, art, and Swan Lake, Jane Winkworth, has been supplying the British royalty with her signature ballet slippers since 1989.  The immensely adored Princess Diana was one of her first royal costumers, and today, the Duchess of Cambridge seems to have a soft spot for French Sole, also.  (Henrietta in foxtrot beige is one of her favorites.)
-
As with many incandescent ideas, it is very fitting that this one was born while holidaying in the South of France.  Wandering the streets of St Tropez, Winkworth came across a confidential gem – a petite boutique specializing in brightly colored, hand-made, leather flats.  Upon buying several pairs and even selling a few to friends at home, Jane recognized the need for pragmatic, classicist ballet flats that could take girls from dusk to dawn, and in no pain at all.  It took a few years and a few abortive suppliers before Winkworth joined forces with the Hirigoyen family, legendary French shoemakers, to produce her own vivacious line of ballet flats.
-
Today, the company utilizes craftsmen shoemakers and artisan tanners from the village of Elda, in Spain to generate an assorted medley of flats in a wider variety of styles and finishes, using exquisite, unique leathers, and a blast of colors like abisal navy, fango taupe, alberche pink, mint green, and almaguer grey.
-
-
Although French Sole has a wide global following and a long list of celebrity clientele (our very own Olivia adores the brand), the company is still a family business.   The jovial originator of ballet flats, Mrs. Winkworth is very much in command and consistently on trend.
-
-
Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea
-

Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on http://oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea

You must be logged in to post a comment