The dancing shoes paradigm

The dancing shoes paradigm

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A good pair of dancing shoes is a work of art. They are tough and resilient, and yet somehow adapt to your feet like a second skin that allows you to make the most of your movement.

When you are about to buy a new pair of dancing shoes, above all, you want them to be high quality. If it’s necessary, you will be saving money for a while or wait until you can get them as a present for your birthday. The reason for this is that they need to protect your feet and help you fly at the dancefloor – and only the best shoes (made from the appropriate materials) will successfully fulfil this mission. Read more

Adiuvantes – Finding inspiration in unexpected places

Interior @ Adiuvantes / PHOTO: ROSSANA Photography

What are the first things that would come to your mind if you had to describe Amsterdam? Most of you might mention the canals, the many bicycles, the coffeeshops, Anne Frank, Van Gogh, beautiful little cafés and boutiques… and of course the Red Light District!

If you think about the Red Light District, certain pictures pop up in our heads – that’s for sure. The one thing you would probably never associate with the area is a concept store selling beautiful and sustainable products. But it is there! And we have found and fallen in love with it.

The name of the store, Adiuvantes, finds its origin in the Latin word “collaboration”. The owner Femke shares the same believes with a variety of brands all over the world: honest and pure products using natural resources and working in community. That is why Femke sells excactly those kind of items at Adiuvantes. Read more

“If you want to change the world, start by wearing it!”

The unique shop of Moda en Positivo, located in the Gracia Neighborhood (Barcelona). / Photo: MEP

Inspired by their ecological values, in November 2013 Beatriz Valdivia y Albert Cediel started “Moda en Positivo”, a multi-functional platform devoted to sustainable fashion. Their shop is located in the Gracia neighborhood, one of Barcelona’s most picturesque areas. There you can find – among others- artisan products made out of ecologic or recycled materials.

A few weeks ago we talked to Beatriz Valdivia, who told us all about this exciting project and shared with us her long experience working in the sector.

What is “Moda en Positivo” ?
A space that was born with the goal of commercializing accessories, jewelry, shoes and timeless clothes. These items have been made through artisan techniques by small designers, single mothers or indigenous communities. Read more

The Finnish soul travels in a pair of shoes

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Clogs made in Finland and designed by Terhi Pölkki. PHOTO: Terhi Pölkki.

Finnish designer Terhi Pölkki began drawing clothes as a teenager, but, after high school she decided to concentrate solely on shoes. London was the place where she discovered the secrets of this profession. The hectic city had been a longtime dream of hers and so she moved there to experience its cultural sphere. In January 2008 she graduated from London College of Fashion. Earning a Master’s Degree in Cordwainers, the institution changed her whole perception of learning how to design shoes.

After designing for premium UK brands such as Topshop for over three years, the ‘Terhi Pölkki’ brand was launched in Helsinki in the autumn of 2011. Only three years later she was able to commercialise her collections in markets all over the world – especially in the USA, Europe and, little by little, Japan. She has also been appointed “Accessory Designer of the year 2014”, an award granted by the Elle magazine in Finland. A rapid success that relies mostly on her capacity to develop an unique style intimately attached to her Finnish roots: clean and minimalistic aesthetics, sober colours – with some brilliant exceptions-, and, above all, a decisive bet for natural prime materials. Terhi not only reflects who she is through her designs, she also tells the story of where she comes from.

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