ROYAL BLUSH AT BERLIN FASHION WEEK: CITY-WEAR ESPADRILLES

Royal Blush started as a beautiful, Swiss, small luxe accessories label with a fantastic pocket book (still a best seller). I believe I first met Jana Keller (CEO & Designer) in Paris at one of those enormous expo shows - when tan was less than popular and where her immaculate design elegance just stood out from some of her colour-led neighbours.

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Of course that was a while back and since then there have been additions such as jewellery, with her signature knots in blue yellows, tan, blacks and now with artistic splatters - all with immaculate clasps of course. This year her stacking rings have a faceted stone in recycled silver that adds an unexpected sparkle, and then there are her new chains too.

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But for me the most exciting addition is the leather espadrille, which she does in various vegetable tanned leathers and salmon skin (by-product of the food industry). Hand-sewn in Spain to her specifications, she has cleverly added a rubber sole (for European summer weather) and a leather insole (ideal because I can't even wear the traditional ones due to the roughness of the rope). They are seriously comfortable and the leather makes it not just a beach shoe, but a daily city shoe too. As an introductory offer to the new range, Jana is making a special 90-euro pre-order price until 30th September 2014, for delivery in March. Of course there are no two guesses who's first on the list then!

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