I first discovered ATP Atelier when I was in Stockholm last year during Fashion Week. I am a shoe obsessive like any woman and while I love statement pieces, I am always on the lookout for beautifully designed but well made basics for everyday. I was immediately drawn to the brand thanks to its cool urban style and beautiful leathers.
ATP Atelier (the “ATP” stands for All Tomorrow’s Parties) was founded in 2010 by friends Jonas Clason and Maj-La Pizzelli, who met in the 1980s and have worked at some of Sweden’s best fashion labels (including Whyred and Acne). They happened to take a trip to Otranto, a small medieval town in southern Italy, where they stumbled upon a tiny atelier making handcrafted sandals. This inspired them to launch their own label of contemporary footwear made in Italy.
Like most Scandinavian brands, the look is effortless and elegant, with pieces you can keep forever. While most styles are simple enough to match most wardrobes they aren’t too minimalist either, thanks to interesting design details. Of course the fabrics count and they use high-quality materials and vegetable dyes to minimise the environmental impact.
The label has two collections: one featuring ongoing classics and the other devoted to new, seasonal styles. The classics include must-have sandals, from buckled, block-heeled styles like the Carmen to the Rosa, a chic cut-out leather sandal. These come in a timeless palette and materials such as suede, snakeskin and leather. Seasonal styles for spring/summer include the Karin, a more feminine take on the mandals of last season and the Tyra which is a more modern hybrid of the espadrille/ballet flat.