4 posts tagged "Edmundo Castillo"
Edmundo Castillo has spent years designing gorgeous, exotic shoes for the ladies (both for his former namesake collection, and for Santoni, which signed the Puerto Rico-born designer as creative director last year), but the guy himself was most often seen in sneaks. No more. This weekend in Milan, Castillo and partner Manuele Bianchi debut Casbia, their first men’s line. Castillo spoke to Style.com about trends, traditions, and just how many kicks he’s got in his closet.
How’d Casbia come about?
I always wanted a line of men’s shoes. I love buying men’s shoes, as much as a woman loves buying high heels and platforms. And I’ve always been a collector of the shoes that I like—I have over 500 pairs of sneakers. But lately, I’ve been having difficulty finding what I want to buy. My partner, Manuele, and I, we both feel that we’ve been wearing sneakers for the past ten years. It’s time for the shoe that’s going to replace the sneaker but still feel like a sneaker—to have that casualness. It’s almost like growing up.
This has got to be one of the coolest FNO ideas we’ve heard so far. Edmundo Castillo is renting a black Winnebago, filling it with vintage Edmundo Castillo shoes, his Fall 2009 Edmundo Castillo for Narciso Rodriguez creations, and other accessories like necklaces and candles, and setting up his shop on wheels on the corner of Bond and Bowery in front of the Rogan store. That’s Castillo in the driver’s seat yesterday when he took it for a brief spin. “I moved it maybe a few inches. I was too scared I was going to trash the other vans,” he told us. “It’s gigantic.” The shoe designer is also working on a series of sketches dedicated to every country participating in Fashion’s Night Out; their proceeds will go to cancer research. You’ll recognize the van on September 10 by the huge neon signs on its sides advertising “SHOES! SHOES! SHOES!” See you there.
For centuries the espadrille was relegated to peasant status, and since 1927 the Spanish shoe company Castañer was content producing jute-soled footwear for country-dwelling Catalonians. That is, until the sixties, when Yves Saint Laurent went to the brand with a sketch of a previously unheard-of heeled espadrille, and the resulting collaboration kicked off a fashion frenzy for the humble slip-on. Today Castañer is the go-to manufacturer for any designer looking to add woven wedges to his or her collection. And now Edmundo Castillo, formerly of Sergio Rossi, is on board reinterpreting some of the brand’s classic pieces. First up? The shoe that started it all. This YSL-inspired ballerina-style design is a bit heftier than other wedges, making it an ideal piece to bridge the summer-fall gap, while adding a bit of history to your wardrobe.
$175, available at Castañer boutiques worldwide.