Sustainably Chic

A Sustainable {& Chic} Approach to the Classic Espadrille

Fashion, Fashion Pt. 2Natalie Kay

with Atelier Alienor

I'm not sure if my recent trip to France has made me more obsessed, but Atelier Alienor's French-made espadrilles are seriously the sweetest. It's crazy to think I've never owned a pair of espadrilles before... they are clearly my style, and perfect for the Florida climate. Where have I been?! I guess I was waiting for the best... ;) And I'm glad I did!

Why I Love Atelier Alienor

1. The style. Like I mentioned before, you can't go wrong with investing in a beautiful pair of espadrilles. They will stand the test of time, and be waiting for you after every passing winter. 

2. The colors. The soft pastel palette used by Atelier Alienor is extremely feminine and easy to pair with a minimalistic wardrobe. They even have a fun turquoise color for summer, and then the basics like cognac & black {which the black are super chic with the sparkly ankle loop!}. 

3. The craftsmanship. Artisans in Aquitaine, South West of France have been creating espadrilles for generations.  Laurie Cazaux, the designer behind Atelier Alienor, teamed up with these talented makers to responsibly manufacture the line. Although based in Houston, Texas, Laurie lived many years in France and has a true appreciation for French crafts. She puts is so beautifully, "Where I come from, espadrilles are more than shoes. They are a promise of an endless summer, tanned feet and romantic escapes." - yeah, I'm sold! 

4. The commitment to sustainability. All of the espadrilles are made in small batches, and use eco-friendly methods and materials during production. Their fabrics consist of natural jute & cotton, as well as exquisite leather that comes directly from a French tannery who uses sustainable methods. 

What I'm Wearing

Khaki Premium & Eco Leather Lace Up Sandals {aka Charlotte}I mean, how can you not fall in love with these beauties at first sight?! The khaki/olive-like color is my new favorite neutral {totally the new black when it comes to sandals}. The Charlottes can easily be worn going to grab some coffee with some friends and then paired with a semi-formal dress to wear to a wedding. Don't you love when a pair of shoes can do both? Too bad I didn't have anywhere to dress up this summer... I'll just have to make an excuse to do so :D 

Where to Purchase

You can find Atelier Alienor's entire collection online  & don't forget to stay up-to-date on Instagram

p.s. you can see a few ways I've styled these sandals with my conscious closet here & here.