Simplicity is a forgotten art, especially in the world of fashion. Year after year, I find myself searching high and low for that perfect closet staple, whether it be a handbag or a pair of shoes and jeans, that will carry me through several seasons of wear and love. And as much as I love my frills and flair, I’ll forever crave simple, well made things. So you can understand my excitement when I learned that stylist Anita Patrickson recently launched a collection of bespoke sandals under her new label Amanu. Beautiful leather sandals are designed and built to the exact details and measurements of your foot using an age-old, artisanal sandal making technique. I love the effortlessness of the designs – each so versatile, simple and exactly what I’ve always been looking for. And the best part about it all is that you can experience it all in person in Amanu’s West Hollywood workshop in Los Angeles. Flip through suede, Vachetta and Nappa leather in a variety of colors, choose one of 12 styles, and one of their skilled and trained makers will build a custom pair of sandals right there and then. 30 minutes tops. Perfect. Simple. I’m there.
(Amanu sandals $160 – $275)