For Spring Summer 2019, Carlota Barrera has collaborated with iconic Spanish brand Steve Mono, the Madrid-based crafters specialised in classic shoes, bags and other small leather goods, for an exclusive footwear collection of four different combinations. Two distinctive models come in two colours, light brown and navy blue.
The shoes were designed in London and made entirely by hand in Cáceres, Spain by a skilled small team of shoemakers. We sourced the leather in Italy, making sure all our leather pieces are vegetable-tanned, a true "chromium-free" method that involves no harmful chemicals. It is an old-world, artisanal process that takes advantage of the tannic acids naturally found in some plant species, by using the barks, branches, leaves and even some fruits in some specific techniques. The natural appearance before painted has a slightly brownish tinge over a beige color, with a natural, woody and earthy smell. Due to the more gentle processes the durability of vegetable tanned leather is considerably higher than that of chrome-tanned leather.