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Nathalie Verlinden, lente - zomer 2004
Datum:29 april 2004
Just like the previous collections the Summer 2004 collection
is built around the principles of quality, simplicity and environmentally
responsible materials as well as traditional crafting practices. For Nathalie
Verlinden design, choice of the materials and the character shoes and handbags
take on as they are worn, are of equal importance to the profession of a
shoe- and handbag maker.
The ideas behind Nathalie Verlinden's designs developed over the years when studying arts and sculpture at the Antwerp Academia, shoemaking in Brussels and her work as an interior designer. The formation as a shoe designer took another leap in Indonesia where Nathalie Verlinden furthered her interest in the traditional shoe craftsmanship at a small atelier. The craftsmanship came to a full circle when she settled at the shores of the Adriatic in the Marche Region, the centre of Italian shoemaking.
The designs of Nathalie Verlinden rest on simplicity, timelessness, respect
for the environment, comfort and above all quality. The shoes are discreet
and tactful, yet through the classic character they take on a proper identity.
Undoubtedly Nathalie Verlinden pays a lot of attention to comfort. Shoes
do not only need to be beautiful, but equally functional and a pleasure
to wear on a daily basis. In the designer's own words: 'a pair of shoes'
attractiveness and beauty are the result of the shoe designer's ideas
and style, the organic materials used, the craftsmanship and the person
who wears them'. A pair of shoes or a handbag only shows its full splendour
when worn and somehow mature in the presence of the owner.