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?