The Castañer family has been making espadrilles since the early 19th century. In 1927, Luis Castañer and his cousin Tomàs Serra founded the brand’s first workshop. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the company was nationalized because espadrilles were regarded as a product of military interest. Soldiers were sent to fight at the front wearing a special type of espadrilles.
In the mid 1960s, Lorenzo Castañer decided to refocus the business, producing espadrilles in various colours and making them a fashionable form of footwear. In the early 70s, Lorenzo met Yves Saint Laurent, who was looking for someone to make him a wedge espadrille. The wedge espadrille was an instant success in became an emblem of the Mediterranean jet-set lifestyle. Castañer has been making espadrilles for high fashion houses ever since.
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