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February 26, 2014

New Shoes by René Caovilla

By Sasha Levine | Fashion

New Shoes by René Caovilla
Courtesy of Rêne Caovilla

If the mark of a good thing is that it gets passed down from one generation to the next—a rule that separates the trendy from the timeless—René Caovilla has done something right. Marking the Italian shoe-and-bag maker’s 80th year, Edoardo Caovilla, third-generation creative director and COO, developed an exclusive, limited-edition capsule collection for Bergdorf Goodman (launched earlier this month) and Neiman Marcus (which officially debuts in March and will be available in Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami).

Each showcases shoes inspired by the brand’s archives but reimagined for the 21st century, such as a 1949 leather mule sandal embellished with pearls ($1,350); a Persian mosaic-patterned suede pump from 1965 (pictured above; $1,350), each piece individually stitched; and the signature Snake shoe, named for its coiling ankle strap, in hot pink with multicolor feathers and crystals ($1,175). “Our aim was to emphasize our history and give value to our craftsmanship and artisans and at the same time express our idea of contemporary femininity,” says Caovilla. “It’s a new beginning, and we are honored to start a new chapter.”

Continuing a tradition of artistry—and Caovilla’s history of working with haute couture houses like Valentino, Christian Dior and Chanel—each pair of the ultra-feminine shoes and sandals is handmade in the family’s factory outside Venice using proprietary innovative techniques. But the evolution doesn’t stop there. Caovilla plans to introduce bijoux, eyewear and fragrances over the next several years. “Luxury is no longer something only for the special occasions,” he says. “Luxury is about being special in every moment of our lives.”

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