Dare, desire, quiver. These three words written on the front of the Opéra Bastille make it clear that modernity is now a statement of the institution. Founded in 1713, the Opéra National de Paris’ dance school keeps evolving in terms of techniques and practice, renewing itself while keeping its tradition. These values are dear to Merlet, the shoemaker and shoe licensee of Opéra National de Paris, who makes the pretty shoes that will seduce dance-loving young ladies!
Created and designed in a small workshop of France’s Limousin region which was established in 1974, Opéra National de Paris shoes make their debut on Sarenza to bring a graceful and timeless touch to women’s feet. On this occasion, Sarenza Style Team met Yves Cornu, the Sales Manager of the Opéra National de Paris brand.
Sarenza: Could you tell us a bit more about the new Opéra National de Paris spring-summer 2016 collection?
As the name implies, the collection is based on dancing shoes that have been revisited to be worn in the street. Our craftsmen work on making them lighter and more comfortable, using clever and imperceptible technical details, to allow women who always dreamed of being a dancer to wear our designs every day.
Sarenza: Where are the shoes made?
Our entire collection is made in France, we even go further by adding “Made in Limoges, France” to make it even more local. Our small workshop, based in Verneuil sur Vienne in the Limousin region, works with noble materials, Italian leather used for haute couture such as calf, lamb or suede goat leather. All these materials are carefully treated in order to be used on our shoes. Then all our creations are assembled by hand. Our Limoges-based workshop only makes about 50 pairs a day, as no mechanical operation is involved in the production process.
Sarenza: What about style?
Our shoes’ design and look are thought up by freelance designers. We don’t work with the same designers from one season to the other because it’s quite difficult to find someone who is an expert in both shoes and dance. For instance, the upcoming autumn-winter 2016 collection has been designed internally by our own creative team, in order to be as close to the dance world as possible.
Sarenza: What are your flagship designs?
The collection is based on flagship designs such as ballet shoes, which our customers often wear as slippers at home or when traveling, pointe shoes which have become our main bestseller, and of course ballet pumps which are renewed every season.
Now it’s your turn to discover the creative and dreamy universe of Opéra National de Paris!