A First Look at Our Loafer2018-03-12
The introduction of our loafer is a dream come true - and a milestone over a year in the making. It's an integral step towards realizing our vision of designing and creating a wardrobe of footwear staples for the Margaux woman. Much like the ballerina flat and the block heel, a loafer is one such staple, much loved for its tailored, tomboyish sensibility.
When we launched Margaux over two years ago, a dear friend gave us a beautiful book by Rizzoli, called Tomboy Style. From black-and-white snapshots of Francoise Hardy to photos of scholarly types riding their bicycles through brick campuses, the book celebrates the women who blurred the line between masculine and feminine, timeless and modern in their personal styles.
With this in mind, the loafer design process began as our design journey always does: Sourcing the best of the best details, often from fashion archives and our own closets. The particular catalyst for this design was a pair of loafers Sarah has worn for years. Sadly, the designer discontinued the style, and its sleek shape is nowhere to be found. Using this pair as a springboard, we went to our lastmakers in Spain to design and shape a custom last - the secret to how and why our shoes fit so well. We made iteration after iteration until the almond toe was perfectly formed and the comfort unparalleled.
For the launch of what we hope will become a central fixture of the Margaux collection, we selected our favorite upper material: Italian haircalf. We source our haircalf from a tannery in Italy, renown for its fine but durable haircalf. This material is naturally resistant to scratches and dirt, and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Even better, its innate flexibility makes it a super-responsive, comfortable material for constructing uppers. Paired with Italian nappa trim for a refined finish, the end result is a shoe that looks just as sleek as it feels underfoot.
From there, we turned to the pattern: Another labor of love. Our goal in creating the pattern was to support the foot with our signature glove-like fit while flattering one's foot with a tailored design. The result is a smoking-slipper style cut that's both quintessential and modern. And the tour de force? The sharp V-turns edged with soft nappa binding that both maximize the flexibility of the upper and exude femininity.
As always, the greatest challenge is mastering the fit of each style, and understanding how each decision - from the shape of the pattern to the materials used - affects how a shoe will break in and wear. We've been wear-testing this pattern for months, ensuring that our loafer provides all-day comfort while maintaining its covetable structure, even after it's broken in.
We designed our loafer to celebrate - and empower - the Margaux woman to move throughout her day with comfort, confidence, and chic. As we step into a new season, we can hardly wait to share this exciting next step and to see how Gaux Girls everywhere style the loafer for their life #onthegaux.
Photos by Bridget Badore for Margaux