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Inside the studio of designer Calleen Cordero

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Long before designers at Chloe, Balenciaga and Valentino started loading up their leather accessories with heavy metal, designer Calleen Cordero was L.A.'s queen of studs with boho flair.

Cordero launched her handmade leather shoes with elaborate studwork in 2001, and has nurtured it's grass-roots-style into a full line of leather accessories that include belts, handbags and cuff bracelets.

"When I first launched the collection, no one had ever seen anything like a $500 or $600 wedge with turquoise studs, and my shoes were sitting next to Manolo Blahniks," says Cordero, who lives in Laurel Canyon. "I got knocked off like crazy. I guess I kind of started a trend."

Every shoe has a comfort factor, including hand-molded footbeds, super-soft leathers and hollowed-out wood heels to keep shoes lightweight. Each component of the shoes and accessories are hand crafted in their studio factory.  And since styles must go through up to 22 pairs of hands during production at her North Hollywood factory, they are made in limited quantities.   For an inside look into the making of Calleen Cordero accessories

VAULT- Calleen Cordero from VAULT on Vimeo.

 

We are proud to be among the select boutiques to carry Cordero's designs, and hand select each style with our customers in mind.  (side note:  this is my go to shoe designer, and what's on my feet almost every day!)  

See our latest styles here, and come by Lotus  Main Street for the complete collection.

Wendy

 

 

 

 

 

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