In touch: a very Venetian marriage of fabrics and footwear
Le Monde Beryl’s ties to Venice are no secret. It’s in this storied city, brimming with history and romance, that the friulane—the model for our signature slipper—was born, and it’s here that our sensible silhouettes have been elevated to the extraordinary, time and again, thanks to the former Silk Road destination’s renowned textile houses.
Look to the Grand Canal’s 146-year-old Tessitura Bevilacqua, whose showroom houses the very looms that were once in the possession of the 15th Century Silk Guild of the Republic of Venice. On these timepieces, the work- shop’s artisans continue to hand-produce Bevilacqua’s signature soprarizzo velvet, such as a tiger print—almost abstract in form—that adorns a number of our accessories, from crossbody pouches to mules and Mary Janes.
Meanwhile, in an homage to Renzo Mongiardino, the Oscar-winning Architect of Illusion, a quartet of our almond-toed slippers, created alongside Martina Mondadori Sartogo, the founder of the biannual interiors and decorative arts publication Cabana, comes in intricately-etched pure cottons—ranging from lemon yellow to deep mulberry—from Mariano Fortuny’s Fortuny. To this day, the Giudecca-based house, established in 1907, employs the same machines and closely-kept, covert techniques that it did over a century ago.