Allison Bagley from the Houston Chronicle wrote an article on our French espadrilles.
FRENCH-INSPIRED ESPADRILLE BRAND LAUNCHES IN HOUSTON
By Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle
November 15, 2017
When Laurie Cazaux left her corporate finance position in Paris to accompany her husband on a job-related move to Houston, she was surprised how few people she saw wearing espadrilles – a ubiquitous shoe in the southwestern region of France, worn by both men and women.
“The sun is here all the time,” she says, insinuating that Houston has the perfect climate for a shoe that evokes “endless summer.”
Now Cazaux, 30, travels to Mauléon in Basque country, near where she grew up, several times a year to oversee production of her Atelier Aliénor women’s shoes.
The soles of her authentic espadrilles are made entirely of jute, not foam wrapped in jute, she says, crediting designer Yves Saint Laurent for modernizing the traditional style. Her line is made by artisans using a centuries-old technique.
For fall, supple leather nubuck styles come in cognac, olive and grey – Cazaux works with a French tannery that produces leather for Hermès and Dior. Her 2018 collection will feature wedges: “The American woman wears a lot of high heels,” she says.
Prices range from $129 to $209. Through Nov. 30, Atelier Aliénor is part of a pop-up at Bodega, 2608 Dunlavy; atelieralienor.com.