Inspired by the spirit of adventure and the rich cultural patchwork of the Silk Route, Le Monde Beryl is a new take on the classic Venetian gondolier’s slipper. Le Monde Beryl combines exotic fabrics and intricate embellishments with a contemporary design language to create slippers that are elegant, yet effortless and highly versatile.
Le Monde Beryl evokes a beguiling sense of discovery and offers a door into a sumptuous world of journeys, symbols, colours and textures. This is where the story of each slipper collection will begin – drawing inspiration from the historical, the cultural and the crafted; from regions, periods and objects as diverse as the ornate metalwork of the Byzantine Empire to the lush fabrics of Venice. Each collection will celebrate a unique decorative tradition from around the globe, with every Beryl slipper being handmade in Florence using traditional techniques in collaboration with master craftspeople.
Le Monde Beryl was founded in 2015 by friends Lily Atherton Hanbury and Katya Shyfrin, who met in London and bonded over a love of jewellery and gemmology, art, design and travel. The name Le Monde Beryl references a family of gemstones that includes Emerald, Aquamarine, Morganite and Heliodor, long considered talismanic to travellers and artists. It also pays homage to the pioneering aviatrix and adventurer Beryl Markham who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.