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Tiany Kiriloff ging voor Feeling magazine naar de ateliers van Louis Vuitton in Venetië.
There’s something about shoes that makes my heart skip a beat or two and sometimes even three. I guess I’ve always had a fascination for mind-boggling pretty shoes, as I strongly believe that they add the necessary finishing touch to whatever it is you may be wearing.
According to me, if you wear the wrong shoes, you can spoil an entire outfit, that’s why you need a wide range and different options. My husband never seems to understand what the difference is between my 30 pairs of black shoes. They’re not just black and they’re not just shoes; it’s sandals and pumps and lace-up booties or ankle booties, it’s stiletto’s and ballerina’s or even loafers...you need options in life and certainly when it comes to shoes!
The right shoe is an instant upgrade to your ripped jeans look, you can be dressed in rags but still look amazing by adding a pair of designer shoes and you must admit that there’s nothing better than a fabulous pair of new shoes…it’s like an instant shot of adrenaline and in my eyes a better cure than any possible Zanax or Prozac.
So when Louis Vuitton offered Feeling Magazine and moi the opportunity to visit their ateliers in Fiesso d’Artico, I first of all did this little dance of joy and then replied with a big YES and thank you of course as I’m a well educated girl…
Wearing Gerard Darel en Louis Vuitton accessories
Our adventures started off in the beautiful city of Venice, it was all a “first timer” for me and I must admit that I felt like a kid in a candy store, surprised and in total awe with the beauty of this Italian city surrounded by its mind-boggling canals. The fact that everything is transported by little boats or vaperetto’s, made the entire experience even dreamier and then there’s the Venetian architecture with its majestueus buildings, quite unbelievable mankind once managed to construct such greatness… once more I fell in love and the best was about to come, namely our visit to the heart of Louis Vuitton’s shoes ateliers.
Wearing Natan sleeveless coat, Nanushka dress and Louis Vuitton accessories.
The second day of our stay lead us to our visit of the “Ateliers des Souliers Louis Vuitton” in Fiesso d’Artico about 30 kilometers from Venice. Turns out that I wouldn’t mind living in Fiesso in between the truckloads of pretty Louis Vuitton shoes in a building that was designed as a shoebox, where artisans are elevated to master the art of creating the prettiest shoes ever. Fiesso d’Artico houses 4 different ateliers named after iconic LV bags and my favorite one was of course Alma, where runway and cruise collection shoes designed by Nicolas Ghesquière come to life.
There’s in between 150 to 250 different maneuvers before a shoe is ready to leave the ateliers and every single movement is done by hand, which of course explains the price of a Louis Vuitton pump, bootie or flat. It’s so intriguing to see all the different steps; from the design to the research of for example the longevity of a high-heeled shoe, the different materials that go into one creation and the precision that is put into every single phase of creating a shoe is mind-boggling and deserves every single bit of respect.
Needless to say that I often felt like running off with exemplar A, B and C of Ghesquiere’s fall/winter collection for Louis Vuitton as all these tempting pieces of shoe art were being manufactured the moment I visited Fiesso. This included quite a selection of pointy Chelsea style booties and studded kitten heels. But also the flower embroidered round tip sandals of the pre-fall collection have got me captivated and I’m strongly considering to start saving up some money to add these to my collection of shoes.