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Naguisa or "The Espadrille Engineers"

Naguisa or "The Espadrille Engineers"

Published on 21.05.2015


‘Every day is different in the Naguisa’s Atelier. There are periods when we spend more time outside than in, like now for example.  We make frequent visits to the factory, which is where we do the real designing and figure out how to build each model. 
‘So the Atelier is... Where we ‘develop the concept’ and make the first models. We are inspired by everything that surrounds us, but especially when we’re travelling the stimulation is amazing. It all depends on how receptive you are. But in the workshop we also do all the brand management’.
Pablo Izquierdo, an architect and Claudia Pérez, an industrial designer, have been together since Naguisa was created, four years ago, but their paths crossed long before. ‘We first met when we were six years old, in the School of Music in Salamanca, our city of birth which we left at the age of 18 to study our respective degrees in Valladolid. We then carried on training and started our professional career in Barcelona’. You are colleagues and... especially lifelong companions. 
What does Naguisa mean? ‘It’s a Japanese word and means “The stroke drawn by the foam of the sea on the shore”. It’s the name the Japanese architect, Toyoo Itō, gave to a city bench he designed for the Fira de Barcelona. That’s how we discovered the word. We liked how it sounded and especially everything it means’.
The main material of their products is jute but they also use cowhide leather, cotton and linen. ‘Jute is our basis. What we initially wanted to do was give added value to traditional espadrilles, the ones sewn by hand. Actually, in one of the factories we work with, they call us “The Espadrille Engineers”. When we designed our first collection in 2011, the boom in these shoes today still didn’t exist.
‘A personal stamp for such a big boom would be… The texture, crafted sewing, comfortable padded soles are the main elements for which we are known. We enjoy what we do and we are happy with what we have. We don’t have a large scale project. Greater stability and a good team is all we want, which is no mean feat! 
‘In 10 years’ time, Naguisa will still be in the same Atelier, though we have plans to expand and reform it. And there will be four more ‘Cristinas’. Cristina joined our team a year ago. Working with the same factories and established in the European, Asian and North American markets. Not bad at all!’ 
And what about the autumn-winter collection? Who knows! ;)




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