Designer Info: Rapisardi

Designer Info: Rapisardi

Introducing the ‘Rapisardi/Ron White’ collection. A new collaboration taking on the heritage and innovation of the legendary Rapisardi brand under the creative direction of renowned Canadian Shoe Designer Ron White, creator of the world’s first All Day Heels®. The Rapisardi story goes back five generations with a Tuscan family business started by Emma Del Greco Mochi. Her passion was helping and empowering impoverished woman in Florence. She along with her daughter started a small business by commissioning women to make intricate woven products creating an international business success. Generations later, this same family entered the women’s footwear market with a new approach for a women’s summer shoe made of a straw weave on leather mixed with a wood or cork sole… thus was born the Florentine artisan sandal. Today, under the direction of Barbara Rapisardi the brand has moved into a new realm and are again trail blazers in the footwear industry with an entire collection that incorporates a stretch element or material in it. This stretch brings a vast range of fitting as the shoes and sandals virtually customize to the wearer’s foot bringing heavenly comfort. The Rapisardi brand is now sold in over 30 countries around the world. A unique sustainable element to this collection is that it’s 100% Vegan using only vegetable based components and chemical free glues alongside natural materials such as cereals, grains and seeds to create the collection. Rapisardi is proud to be animal free and are members of ‘Animal Free Fashion’ by LAV, an industry leader in vegan certification. Special technologically advanced materials are also used for the sock linings (the material under the foot) which are both breathable and absorbent. A thick all natural woven cotton foam cushioning is used throughout the collection that also adds exceptional padding and increased breathability. In addition, a special ultralight outsole is used made from Rubber and Polyurethane. These outsoles are very durable, non-slip, water resistant and add additional cushioning. Ron White shares a similar vision for fashion footwear using unique technologies for shoes that feel wonderful, so it was a kismet fit for leading Canadian Shoe Designer Ron White to partner with Rapisardi to create a unique new collection. Together they unveil a collection exclusively made for the North American Market called ‘Rapisardi/Ron White’.