Worn by stars from Lily Allen to Keira Knightley, British shoe brand Bionda Castana is on an international upward trajectory. Despite its Italian name - meaning Blonde Brunette - Bionda Castana is created by London girls Jennifer Portman and Natalia Barbieri in London and handcrafted in a family-owned factory in Italy.
Established in 2007, the label is known for its unapologetically glamorous yet wearable designs. Feminine shapes with harder detailing - from studs and zips to buckles - are its signature aesthetic, and epitomise the Bionda Castana customer.
She needs a shoe for every occasion - from a business meeting to a smart dinner, and a weekend walk to a night on the town. The shoe is the heart of her wardrobe and her clothes complement or clash, depending on her mood.
New for 2012 are the super luxe Bionda Castana bags.
What a woman wants.
"We're not the kind of designers who feel we have to explain our collections in order for them to sell. We make shoes that when a woman sees them she says, 'I have to have them'."