OK we admit it, we are real snobs when it comes to shoes. That being said, the contemporary shoewear market has really evolved in the past few years, with more brands that are being led by super talented accessories designers that focus on quality as well as style.
Mercedes Castillo is a name that ticks all those boxes. The Spanish designer has some serious experience under her belt, having worked in the industry for over two decades with big names like Donna Karan and Tory Burch. One of her first gigs, which saw her join renowned designer Gianfranco Ferre at Christian Dior, seems to have laid the foundation of her style which is architectural and sculptural with feminine details.
Mercedes launched her own label in spring 2017 and has quickly become a press favourite thanks to her unique shapes and innovative use of materials. Many of her collections take inspiration from modern art, which has resulted in fluid silhouettes which are often punctuated with sculptural chunky heels, geometric hardware and feminine touches. While there are plenty of eye-catching details they are never arts and craftsy, with the final look being modern, clean and sharp.
Her latest spring/summer line was inspired by her idea of utopia – think a modern futuristic house on beach, filled with tropical art and flowers. This has resulted in super soft leather slides and sandals accented with flat pieces of leather cut into geometric shapes which are then interlocked to create abstract flowers. There are also some tribal inspired mules and sandals featuring raffia and linen details in a eye-catching combo of nude and black. Our favourite is the pair of mid-heel mules made from interlocking strips of black and white leather to form a stripe effect.
Aside from the shoes, Mercedes’ jewellery and handbags are also worth checking out.