Melissa and Campana create a range of exotic footwear
September 25, 2009 by Maria Kaski
Melissa, the Brazilian plastic shoes brand and the Campana brothers, famous South American designers, are teaming up for a range of sandals, the Campana Zig Zag, the Carioca model and the newest Melissa + Campana Corallo. Lucie Goulet writes.
The Corallo, inspired by Fernando and Humberto Campana’s Corallo chair, is made of 30% recycled PVC. Each shoe design will be unique because of the intertwining strings making the body of the sandal. Corallo will be available in translucid (purple, crystal, lime green, fume and orange) and solid (silver, pearl pink) colours which should take you from a stroll on the beach to work to an evening out. To complement the shoes, the Campanas and Melissa created a handbag made in the same traces.
Part of the money raised from the sales will go to the Visao Mundial de Recife, a charity dear to the Campana brothers.
Their work is inspired by Brazilian streetlife and carnival and mostly uses unwanted materials such as wood or off-cut fabrics. The London Design Museum defines their work as “transforming something poor into something decadent and opulent”.
Plastic shoes are currently having a runway moment. Melissa and Vivienne Westwood are collaborating on shoes ranging from flats with bows to practical ankle boots. Jimmy Choo and Hunter teamed up for luxury rain boots while See by Chloé produced bright yellow jelly shoes seen on Kate Bosworth this summer.