Introducing Catherine - our signature pumps for S/S18 Gisaengs collection.
Catherine is named after Catherine Deneuve, the symbol of elegant sensuality and loveliness. Imagine her dreamy big eyes and hair tied up with a huge bow - With our signature toe shape and top line, Catherine is an 8-cm kitten heel with distinctive quilting and lacing details at the front.
The first Catherine was made with baby calf nubuck, but you can meet them in ivory sheepskin now. The combination of mud pink and ivory brings a feminine and vintage look.
They can be worn with a pair of jeans, shorts or even with an evening dress, Pleiades shoes are quite free to style, you will find out :)!
Like all other shoes from our collection, Catherine does not torture your feet, thanks to the relaxed shape at the front, mid-heels and enough cushion in the insoles. Catherine represents the quirky, vintage loveliness of our S/S18 collection. I would wear them for any occasions - to work, to concerts, to parties etc. to add a special finish to my entire look -
The idea of Catherine come from Gisaengs in Korean Empire - when the conservative Confucian country started open up the door for Western culture. While the costumes, architecture and popular culture were still preserving the traditional format, Western influences were evident. The way rooms were decorated, and how people dressed were very particular, distinctive characteristics of this era that did not last for a long time.
In order to create Catherine, a thorough research was done for old European lingerie. The concept was to describe a Gisaeng girl 'who was given a beautiful brasserie and a corset as a gift from a man - probably from Europe or just returned from a trip across the oceans'.
Lacing details, ribbons, tapings and cutting of patterns were done to reflect such ideas.
Now meet Catherine, the lady-like, sophisticated lady with a vintage touch.