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.

an-CAMPANAMelissa, 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.

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One Response to “Melissa and Campana create a range of exotic footwear”

  1. Sophie on September 28th, 2009 9:26 PM

    I don’t really see how these are very ‘green’? True they have a recycled element and they’re supporting a charity, which is admirable, but a 30% portion of unsustainable material versus the 70% of what? another form of PVC? This isn’t supporting the planet, it is taking an active part in it’s destruction, by using an oil based plastic. There are many other forms of cellulose based bioplastic materials that could be used in place of PVC, since 1998 an Italian company called Novamont Spa have produced 100% sustainable and biodegradable plastics from the starch reclaimed from agricultural waste. Or how about using 100% recycled PVC and look into sustainable ways to conserve the energy that is used in it’s production? Going ‘green’ needs to be an active, conscious holistic choice that pervades every part of your life, not just a nod to lifestyle changes because it’s fashionable. Wake Up!

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