Every so often a shoe appears that in just one small trotter,
sums up the mood of the moment.
The Lana by Bionda Castana is that
very shoe. The shape is elegant but the tone is suggestive, with
see-through panels and lace ties at the ankle.
The Lana and her sister shoes Nicole,
Dekokta and the fringed Garance are the strong,
confidence-giving party or work shoe for the summer. And for those
customers who want something specific or unique, alongside the
mainline collections, Bionda Castana offer a Custom Made service;
clients choose from 12 styles, 70 swatches and four different heel
heights. The finished shoes arrive a speedy four weeks later.
The brand was created by half-Italian beauties Natalia Barbieri
and Jennifer Portman, who became firm friends while at business
school, took jobs in the city only to leave their high flying
careers to set up Bionda Castana in 2007. Each style is designed in
London and handmade in Italy, not far from Lake Como. And next
week, the brand beloved by stylers including Alexa Chung, Eva
Mendes and Kate Bosworth, takes the next hop up the ladder, when
Natalia and Jennifer open their first shop on Elizabeth Street in
Belgravia. "It's a dream to be in this area," says Natalia
Barbieri. "Everyone knows Elizabeth Street. It's so… quaint and has
such a great local client base. There's Jenny Packham to the right
and Philip Treacy to the left. We feel it's so well suited to
Expect individual buttoned pouffes, soft carpet for sockless
feet and virign soles, and a taupe, gold palette with hits of
walnut, mimicking the brand's slick packaging. And there'll be
coffee, water or champagne on tap; the elegant way to buy
Bionda Castana, 73 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PJ
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