- Solillas: The Balearics at Boxpark
Shoes: What is it about them, that get us hooked? Specifically as a lady, our body weight & shape can constantly fluctuate (due to those blasted hormones or pregnancy). Your favourite pair of ripped denim skinnies might fit like a glove one month but the next cause crippling nerve damage: reducing you to walking with a limp (we’ve all been there!). Where as, a pair of alluring shoes you’ve owned for years will be your faithful friend, your trusty steed: they wont let you down, (or make you feel fat). They can evoke those feelings of nostalgia from times gone by & make you feel young & glamorous, or just like you again (the part we so often loose along the way!). Well, this is what I kid tell myself to justify yet another pair for my collection.
& There is always room for more, right? *nods head*. I tend to try & purchase good quality shoes, that will last a lifetime & this isn’t an excuse for why my collection is so vast- it’s the simple truth.
I had the pleasure of attending a launch party for the shoe brand Solillas (Sol-E-yas), in the oh-so-trendy district of Shoreditch last week: a very dangerous affair for a shoe –hoarder-a-holic like me. Although the brand itself have been around since 2011, this is their first ‘pop up shop’ & you can find them at Boxpark.
In today’s society of ‘excess’, where there is an abundance of labels, different styles & constant promotions, it takes something very different & unique to grab my attention. This brand did not fail to impress: Frankly, I can’t stop thinking about them, & much to Mr. Cool Bananas dismay I’m compiling a list of all the colours I want them in!
& Here is why I’m their newest stalker fan:
- They’re a simple yet fresh take on a more traditional Balearic style sandal, with a fashion edge to win you some extra style points & they’re available in a huge array of on trend colours.
- My feet felt like they were in heaven! The level of comfort from slipping your tootsies into these is simply divine! Style & comfort? It’s not often you find this winning combination in a pair of shoes!
Sandal love! Foot Heaven… Did someone say leopard print?!
Sizing: These come in ‘european’ sizing. In my humble opinion euro sizing can come up slightly smaller than UK. If like me for example you’re a Uk 4.5 -5 go for the 5 (which is a 38)
- Each & every pair of Solillas sandals are manufactured in a family factory in Menorca, by a team of expert craftsmen: the founders remain true to their deep rooted passion for the Balearics, & supporting the community ( now that’s Ethical sourcing at the very core)
- They’re built to last. & last, & last.
- Actually I could go on forever with this list! One of their phrases is: ‘Boho a state of mind, not just a look’. A philosophy that resonates with me.
- Oh & they have a ‘bebe’ & ‘nino’ range for the little ones. Did someone say matchy matchy? Yesssss please!
The Bebe Range
The ‘nino’ range
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to
interrogate talk with one half of the Husband & wife team that are the brains behind Solillas: Sarahjayne. Her enthusiasm & passion for all that their brand embodies & represents, is infectious. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have some Q&A’s with her:
Jonnie & Sarahjayne: Solillas founders & directors.
Your inspiration for the brand & collections come from your passion for creativity & the free spirited lifestyle of the Balearic Islands. If you had to choose, which one of the 4 Balearics beauties would be your top destination?: Ibiza. It’s a very special and spiritual place. It truly is multi faceted with something for everyone.
When did you first visit the Balearics (& which island did you land upon?): The first place my parents took me on holiday, as a toddler, was to Menorca. My family loved the islands & since then, we have made it our second home visiting every year. & Now that we’re parents, we love to be able to share our cultural experiences of the Balearics with our own toddler.
What’s your stand out favourite at the moment, from:
Solillas ‘senora’ collection: My eyes can’t help but be drawn to Electrico.
Cobalt blue is big this seasonal and, so far, its our bestseller at our store in Boxpark. We picked a suede leather to give a glamourous edge and I hope it can be viewed as a pool to bar kind of sandal. It’s the first time we’ve used a caramel sole. It lifts the colour and makes it even more summery.
The Solillas ‘Nino’ collection: Leopardito without a doubt! It’s the ultimate ‘mini me’ style for a daughter.
The Solillas ‘Bebe’ Collection: Lunita – I love the classic Balearic styling – off white leather with a rose gold strap for a bit of added bling.
The Solillas range exclusive to office? The Palm print – its the first time we’ve created a bespoke pattern design and the first time we’ve used a leather lined fabric. It’s different, effective and I’m looking forward to experimenting more with this technique for our SS15 collection.
People often associate the Balearics with a hedonistic lifestyle, for party animals. But you can often be found there with your family, which location gets your ‘family’ seal of approval? : All of them! The Balearics are the ultimate destination for family holidays. We love strolling around the historic old towns – Ciutadella in Menorca and Dalt Vila in Ibiza. I love the romantic architecture, the beautiful shops and the amazing Mediterranean restaurants where kids are more than welcome – family is so important to the locals. For time at the beach, Cala Galdana in Menorca provides a traditional setting with a stunning shallow water cove and well kept sands.
You’ve had an incredibly busy past few years (not to mention having a baby as well), & the brand has been going from strength to strength: What are your hopes for this year & in the long term? : We are trialing a few things this year that I hope are a success & we can build on in the future. In the past, we have had a lot of requests for men’s Solillas so this year we have introduced a range designed specifically for men, which have a wider fit and a rustic recycled tyre sole. We have also collaborated with a number of Balearic artists to design a small range of t-shirts. We love working with local talent & hope to expand this range in the future to include more designs and products.
Various Balearic artist work displayed in the Boxpark store
A preview of the Solillas clothing range
The bottom line folks is this: If you only buy one pair of summer shoes this year: then they simply, without a shadow of a doubt, must be from these guys. You can purchase directly through their website HERE, or the exclusive Solillas OFFICE range HERE.
A tale of caution my lovelies, for when Solillas were stocked in Urban outfitters last year, they SOLD OUT. They’re hot cakes these ‘cinderella slippers’, snap yours up before they’re gone. After all: if the shoe fits….buy them all! Don’t say I didn’t warn you………