The espadrille reached widespread popularity around the world in the 1940s, making silver screen appearances on the most glamorous leading ladies of the time. Rita Hayworth enchanted in a classic white pair in 1947’s The Lady From Shanghai, whilst style icon Lauren Bacall teamed her own with a crisp white shirt and midi skirt in the 1948 classic, Key Largo. In the early 1970s, fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent visited a trade show in Paris and met the Spanish manufacturer Castañer, from whom he commissioned the first ever wedge espadrille. The style became an instant hit and new interpretations can be seen on the catwalk every Spring Summer season.
For Spring Summer 2015, we’ve created fresh new variations on the classic style. We caught up with Rebecca and Katsura from our Accessories team to hear all about our latest espadrilles:
“The essential part of the traditional espadrille is the quality of the rope used to make the soles. For Jigsaw espadrilles we use the highest quality jute, which is 100% bio-degradable & recyclable and therefore environmentally friendly.”