Antolina Paris is a new shoe collection started by Mariela Schwarz Montiel. Montiel was born in Paraguay in 1971 to a family where the pursuit of artistic endeavors was encouraged. Mariela’s mother taught art and her father worked in the wood business and he designed furniture in his spare time. It was in her father’s wood shop where Mariela Schwarz Montiel began to develop her artistic talents by first crafting plates of fruit to give to her mother on Mother’s Day. Not too long after Ms. Montiel created her first sandal out of coco flowers and woven leaves.
Mariela went to Berlin to attend classes taught by Vivienne Westwood and then interned at Hermes where she met Mr Jean Luis Dumas, a visionary whose premise that the success of a design is in the telling of the whole story from the first idea to the raw material, to the perfection of the technique and the final unveiling, this concept continues to inspire Montiel and is the foundation of her design process.
After graduation Montiel worked as a Design Consultant for Yohji Yamamoto,a Senior Designer at Bally then a Design Manager for Gucci, where she redesigned the signature horse-bit buckle that is still being used today.
Each shoe for Antolina Paris is made from hand-woven material that comes from the Makas Indians, a Paraguayan ethnic tribe. Each piece of cotton is hand-picked, spun and woven then dyed in colors that represents the living area of the Makas. Each shoe created and sold provides a source of income for the tribe.
For those of you looking for sustainable fashion that not only looks good but makes a positive societal impact then you will feel good by buying a style from the Antolina Paris Spring 2018 collection. Pictures from the collection are after this paragraph.