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Here at Wardrobe Icons, espadrilles are an essential part of our summer wardrobe and something we reach for most days. We love brands that specialise in making a specific, quality product and Penelope Chilvers does just that. Authentically made, they incorporate the traditional Catalan methods of espadrille-making using natural jute and hand-sewn construction. The timeless aesthetic works from season to season, but should you want to go for something different, visit their espadrille workshops.

By Alexandra Dorrell

Penelope Chilvers


Starting from her kitchen table and working with traditional artisans from the hills of Spain, Penelope set about bringing the Spanish riding boot to England; the result has remained a staple piece in the collection. Expanding to include other iconic styles such as the dandy slipper and espadrilles, Penelope Chilvers pieces are made to last, with a timeless aesthetic.

We were fortunate enough to try out the espadrille workshop, which allows you to make your own unique pair by choosing your own fabric and ribbon. However, if this is too daunting, Penelope's espadrille collection is so diverse we're sure you'll find the perfect pair to complement your summer wardrobe


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