François du Chastel’s shoe brand Chatelles began as a “love story”.
The Parisian slipper label offers fans a comfortable yet chic flat shoe and has a celebrity following that includes Pippa Middleton.
François’ successful shoe collection was all thanks to a special lady.
“Chatelles began as a love story. I fell in love with a girl and offered her a pair of slippers I designed with a verse by Victor Hugo embossed in the inner sole of each flat, ‘Je ne puis demeurer. loin de toi plus longtemps. [I cannot remain far away from you any longer]‘.
“It worked. She fell in love with the shoes, broke up with me and left with the slippers. From here, I launched my own line of slippers; each of the inner soles still quoting the verse I originally used. I believe girls can shine and look easy, comfy and effortless – all that is very Parisian – in slippers which are a seductive alternative to heels and ballerinas for any occasion,” François recounted to vogue.co.uk.
Not only do wearers of the slippers get this romantic verse, they also have the power to change the colour of a tassel or add in a customised initial.
The shoes are designed by Tiphaine de Bodman, who studied at Central Saint Martins in London, and was a former shoe creative for Alexander McQueen, Kenzo and Hermès.
François has high hopes for his shoes and has drawn up a wish list of famous feet he’d like to dress.
“It would be quite cool to see the Delevingne sisters and Georgia May Jagger shining in Chatelles! Also [US First Lady] Michelle Obama would be great, as Chatelles are for any girl or woman willing to be pretty, elegant and comfy in flats,” he said.
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