Shoes. where do I even begin.
Other than owning way more than enough shoes I should have, I’m constantly on the look out for new shoes, new brands, new designs.. basically in another words “expanding my collection”. Bionda Castana is a brand that you must know if you love shoes as much as I do.

I first learned about the brand Bionda Castana during my days in ELLE HK, but it was a very new brand back then and I only had an opportunity to email interview the designers. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I finally met Natalia (one of the designers of the brand).  It is not difficult to understand the designs of the shoes after seeing Natalia, they are just as beautiful, chic and easy-going as Natalia. I personally own 2 pairs of Bionda Castanas, one pair of blue suede flats from past seasons, and a pair of her signature military heeled boots in grey suede. They are both so comfortable and versatile that goes with most of my wardrobe.

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Beginning with a foundation in traditional luxury fabrics -leather, suede, velvet and lace – the label has added a focus on more complex and diverse textiles: from printed and woven silk to the sheerest panels, with flattering and unique details on every shoe. Shapes have evolved and changed too, with every shoe – from the single-sole ladylike pump and the super-sexy platform to the demure kitten heel and the forward-thinking flatform – finding a home within the British brand’s offering. The shoes are a combination of traditional hardware – buckles, studs and eyelets – with more feminine touches, from bows and fringing to scalloped edges, for a playful elegance.

For the coming FW14 season, the collection combines a selection of elegant lace, wild snakeskin and funky geometric prints, in all heel heights and styles and colours. Feminine bow-detailing, masculine touch, velvet, red and green hues, animal prints etc… it is a blossoming winter wonderland.

I’ve already got my eye on some pairs…in the name of “expanding my collection”…

LENA BLK WHITE ROSA PONY

NICOLE STRIPE MONIKA SNAKE LACE LANGLEY SNAKE LANA PINK LAMA HARLEQUIN JOSEPHINE HAILEE PONY GABRIELLA HARLEQUIN EMMY LACE SIDE DEKOTA WINE BLK

5 Things you need to know about the brand Bionda Castana and the Designers

1. Designer Duo and founders of the brand, Natalia Barbieri and Jennifer Portman are both half-Italian, born and raised in London. They are still working closely together.
2. Bionda Castana shoes are conceived in the capital and hand-crafted in a remote town outside
Milan, just miles from the beauty of Lake Como, the shoes meld the irreverent cool of
London with the old-world artisanal luxury that Made In Italy epitomises.
3. The name Bionda Castana means Blonde Brunette in Italian, as opposite and yet perfect together as they are.
4. The duo have been called on to create catwalk shoes for designers including Matthew
Williamson, David Koma, Osman, Sophie Hulme, Emilio de la Morena and Jenny Packham etc.
5. The brand was established in 2007, since then it has been loved and worn by Hollywood celebrities such as Eva Mendes, Keira Knightley, Jessica Biel etc.