“Chatelles began as a love story,” François du Chastel, the brand’s founder and owner, explained. “I fell in love with a girl and offered her a pair of slippers I designed with a verse by Victor Hugo embossed in the inner sole of each flat: “Je ne puis demeurer… loin de toi plus longtemps. [I cannot remain… far away from you any longer]”. It worked. She fell in love with the shoes, broke up with me, and left with the slippers. From here, I launched my own line of slippers. I believe girls can shine and look easy, comfy and effortless – all that is very Parisian – in slippers which are a seductive alternative to heels and ballerinas for any occasion.”
Designed by Central Saint Martins graduate Tiphaine de Bodman – a former shoe creative for Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Hermès and Paul Smith – the shoes are handmade in Portugal, using the finest Italian leather.
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