N°21 collaborates with Kartell

Kartell has teamed with Italian fashion label No. 21 to create a new shoe style for the next spring season.

Alessandro Dell’Acqua, founder and creative director of the Milanese upper contemporary brand, designed a flat sandal featuring a chunky sole and a feminine bow, which pays tribute to No. 21  shoes launched last season. In keeping with Kartell’s core business, the sandal, called “Knot,” is realized using plastic in a glossy variation for the knot, while the sole has a mat finishing.

The shoe style will be available in five colors — black, powder pink, mustard yellow, khaki green and burgundy.

“It was challenging to recreate the knot using a material like plastic,” said Dell’Acqua, who is at his first co-branding project with his N°21 brand. “All the knots are made by hand and Kartell showed to have the best technical skills to realize a product which looks beautiful, I think.”

The “Knot” sandal, which will retail at 180 euros, or about $203 at current exchange, is part of the Kartell à la Mode line, already including 6 shoe styles and a bag.

“During the upcoming Milan Fashion Week we will also launch a new bag realized in collaboration with the Christian Lacroix  label,” said Kartell marketing and retail director Lorenza Luti, who also oversees the company’s fashion division. The bag realized with the French brand will be available in two sizes and five color variations.

According to Luti, the company expects to sell “tens of thousands” of the “Knot” shoe in the first season. This will be available in the company’s 140 flagships, at the brand’s online store, as well as in selected international design and fashion boutiques. A winter style designed by Dell’Acqua will be introduced in the Kartell à la Mode line next year.

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