Chie Mihara has earned a dedicated fan base at Clementines, and perhaps I am her #1 fan! Chie started her company in Spain in 2002, just four years before Clem, and so I feel a special bond with this small, woman-owned and run company.
Chie draws on vintage influences ranging from 1930's femininity to 1980's humor, qualities that I hope Clementines exudes in excess! She started her line to offer women something different, footwear designed by woman for women, with a priority placed on design and comfort. Finally the right answer to "What do women really want?"
Osborn Shoes is a line that earned my deep respect for offering products that emphasize fair trade and practices, unique design and use of repurposed materials.
In producing their shoe line, the New York based design duo Aaron and Carla Osborn takes fair trade to new heights. The couple mixes Latin American sourced materials with fabrics sourced out of US thrift centers, making Osborn shoes one-of-a-kind in both theory and practice. Fader Magazine
The shoes are fun, colorful and playful - three adjectives that I often use to describe Clementines itself.
Driven by her passion for a good party and her tenacious commitment to quality craftsmanship, Nanette Lepore built a fashion empire. It is her dedication to this quality and supreme ability to maintain such craftsmanship over the years that makes us love her so much!
When Nanette wasn't as widely distributed as she is now, Clementines was proud to offer her party-loving and beautiful shoes. The pair shown is a perfect example of her unique take on fashion mash-up, and the peep toe is adorably small. Damn, I wish these shoes still fit me!