Calleen Cordero

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Calleen Cordero’s first step on her journey to becoming one of today’s most inspiring American designers began in Marin County, California, where at the age of fifteen she was first immersed in the world of high fashion footwear. Beginning in sales at an upscale local boutique, her innate talent for fashion and her passion for well-crafted shoes began to shine though, and Calleen soon found herself elevated to the position of assistant buyer, travelling to Europe to view collections and meet with designers, all by the age of sixteen. From this precocious beginning, Calleen went on to represent some of the top names in the footwear industry and in the process learned, in a very hands on way, about every aspect of the art and trade.

In 1999, Calleen began designing her own line, and she began her company with two simple ideals held firmly in mind: she would bring the Old World art of handmade artisan quality footwear, handbags and accessories back to the United States, and everything that she made would be as authentic as it was beautiful, as comfortable as it was luxurious, and as nourishing to the soul as it was to the eye.

With a factory based in North Hollywood, Calleen has almost singlehandedly resurrected the art of using handcrafted wood in the soles of her shoes- an art that California was once known for. Working with local artisans and using only natural materials and dyes, any given piece in Calleen’s line may pass through as many as twenty sets of hands, making each item truly one-of-a-kind work of art. Calleen personally oversees the domestic production of each collection and takes great pride in the fact that she is able to tailor-make items for the over 200 independent boutiques that sell her work worldwide, creating a unique presence in each store. The passion and loyalty of Calleen’s customers and fans continues to provide her with unending inspiration, and it is her goal to return this inspiration and elevate the spirit- one sole at a time.