So-Le Studio’s first brooch is impressed by a Thirties Ferragamo sandal

by Editorial Team

Upcycling is on the coronary heart of So-Le Studio founder Maria Sole Ferragamo’s design philosophy, utilizing by-products, specifically leather-based and brass offcuts, from Italian luxurious homes and producers, to create singular, architectural jewels (together with a brass necklace designed for Wallpaper*). This yr, having rediscovered her legendary shoe-designer grandfather’s ‘Enea’ sandal in a latest exhibition catalogue, she took to repurposing artistic inspiration, too.

Thirties ‘Enea’ sandal by Salvatore Ferragamo

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‘I’d seen the shoe earlier than, however this time I used to be struck by the elegant concord of all the weather collectively,’ she says of the ‘Enea’, a 1930’s red-and-gold goatskin shoe, shimmering with all of the understated glamour of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Hollywood-era model. ‘The geometric construction of the overlapping leather-based strips, the contrasting textures and hues and the unique weaving strategies all translated into a brand new, 3D object in my thoughts.’

Leather jewels

So-Le Studio ‘Beetle’ brooch

(Picture credit score: Courtesy, So-Le Studio)

Whereas coil earrings, geometric cuffs and necklaces have been So-Le Studio’s mainstay, the jeweller remembers how that object grew to become the bronze-flecked brown leather-based ‘Beetle’, her debut brooch design. It got here to her in the course of the ‘wobbly first steps’ of the making course of. ‘After I begin to create, I do not essentially have an space of the physique in thoughts,’ she reveals. ‘Fairly, I think about all of my items as standalone objects or sculptures, which have an id past being worn.

Supply: Wallpaper

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