They say good shoes take you good places. And if this is the case, who wouldn’t like to wear these good shoes? You should know by now that I’m a shoe-addict. Whenever I see a good pair my heart melts faster than ice cream during a hot summer in Rome.
So when Fred de la Bretoniere* came to ask me about a little cooperation I was highly delighted – and started to browse through the pages of their online shop asap. It was very hard to decide which pair would suit me the most and it was even harder because Fred de la Bretoniere also sells nice bags (what about a boxy snake embossed leather bag, for example?). But you know: once a shoe lover, always a shoe lover. I was balancing between a pair of knee high boots and the cowboy boots. And as I am a sucker for everything which reminds you of the good ol’ west aka cowboy style I went for the last.
I combined those cool booties with a pair of white jeans, my Pierce bag and a checkered coat. Sticking to the cowboy theme I also borrowed a hat by my boyfriend (which made me realize that there are much cooler hats for men btw).
But let me tell you a little bit more about the designer of my wonderful shoes. I always think that it’s very important to know the story behind a designer or brand. The story makes clear what values are important to the label and also helps you to decide if you should buy their products (especially if they are in a higher price segment).
“Fred de la Bretoniere began his creative life as a student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. During his student days, he was fascinated by femininity. He began to design shoes and bags that not only disregard women’s clothing, but also their personality. His collection was so successful that women wore it year after year. And now also.”
Designed in the Netherlands and handcrafted in Europe, the shoes are very special in their love for detail and materials and created to last over years.
As a fashion victim and art student I was pretty interested in the fact that he began as an artist and developed to be a designer. Maybe I should consider going the same way? 😉
Is the message behind a brand important to you?
For me it is at some point, because in a world like ours we should really care more about the products we buy. Sustainability, fair trades and loans should be absolute but sometimes it’s hard to stick to those values as a buyer when fast fashion calls.
Hope your enjoyed discovering a new brand!
Lots of love,