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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bernardo Vintage Couture for Spring!

As I was flipping through the new Harper's Bazaar the other day, I was intrigued to see that famed sandal maker Bernardo is reissuing many of its vintage designs under the new Vintage Couture line for spring.  The Vintage Couture line will be sold a select handfull of stores, including Bergdorf Goodman and Helen Yi in Chicago.  As you know, Bernardo sandals are classics for spring and summer.  Bernard Rudofsky started designing the line in 1947, and Bernardo sandals gained popularity in the 1960's as they were worn by fashionistas like Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, and Jane Birkin. 

I can't wait to see more of the Vintage Couture designs!  This pair is featured in the Bergdorf magazine and priced at $295.  Yes, that's a little higher than normal Bernardo prices, but they are so chic, fashionable, and versatile.  With a little "price per wear" calculation, I think you could easily justify the price.
 The leather "Moon Flat" is available at Helen Yi and is priced at $225.

The original Moon Flat, as seen in Harper's Bazaar in 1967

Bernardo advertised heavily in Harper's Bazaar and Vogue in the 1960's and 1970's.  To see a comprehensive (and fascinating) list of the vintage ads, check out the Bernardo website. 

Here are a few of our favorites with their corresponding magazine covers:

The traditional Miami sandal

The versatile Milly

Do you have any Bernardos?  Will you be checking out the Vintage Couture line this spring?


Betsy said...

My gold Bernardo's are a summer staple--LOVE this post and might have to splurge on a vintage pair!

Samantha said...

I LOVE Bernardo sandals, but I had no idea they were around that long! I only discovered the brand a couple of years ago. What great vintage styles though! Can't wait, but their new sandals are magnificent!

Fashunista Kay said...

Exciting! The sandal with the bells is really cool, but I think I like my newer Bernardos better. Bought a super cool Bernardo heel at Neiman's online last week. Wish they would make shoes and even boots too, the sandals are such great design.

Bernardo Footwear said...

Thanks for the post! We are thrilled with the response to the Bernardo Vintage Couture line. When you see the shoes in person you can tell they are made using old school craftsman techniques. They are beautiful!

Fashunista Kay - the contemporary Bernardo does make shoes and boots! We have a handful of Fall styles still on the site including our best selling Fall boots the Victory and Vavoom. The Fall 2011 samples are in our office and I can say that they are fab.

teaorwine said...

Love Bernardos, especially the Miami sandals. The smooth leather sole and snapping of the heels to the ground are only found in Bernardos.

Anonymous said...

I still love my vintage Bernardo sandals in brown suede fringe with colorful beads that I bought in 1971 and which are, believe it or not, still in great shape. I could never get rid of them, I loved them so. Glad they are reissuing some of the classics.

Sarara Vintage said...

I adore a good pair of sandals, maybe it was my 5 year stint in Brazil that set me off but now it's an obsession. Bernardo's relaunch of vintage designs is the perfect combo! My hunt has begun for a vintage pair as well.

debbie said...

I have a pair of Bernardo sandals from 60s that cannot find a pix of ANYWHERE!!! They are pink leather, stack heel w/ multi colored lucite disks on toe holder & instep....very unusual....anyone know about these?

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