EXCLUSIVE: CASTANER BY MANOLO BLAHNIK
IN LOVE WITH MANOLO
Turning 90 is a big deal for any brand, and a good reason to celebrate. And that’s exactly what Spanish espadrille maker Castañer and Manolo Blahnik are doing with a special capsule collection for S/S 2018, which also honors Blahnik’s love for Spain, the country where he grew up in, and where he hosted a retrospective exhibit in Madrid.
The capsule collection is split between “Manolo by Day” and “Manolo by Night,” both featuring three different heel heights and six assorted colors, from sand and black to red, lavender and emerald green, often in three-tone combinations.
Castañer was founded in 1927 by Luis Castañer and his cousin Tomàs Serra. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Spain's Republican government nationalized the company, because espadrilles were regarded as a product of military interest. Soldiers were sent to fight at the front wearing "seven-ribbon espadrilles." In the early 70s, they crafted the first wedge espadrille for a young up-and-coming Yves Saint Laurent. Ever since, Castañer has been attracting top fashion houses for customized espadrilles.