Scotswoman-turned-New Yorker Carla De Freitas just took the creative reins of Via Spiga, a shoe company famed for its Italian style. This move gave both Freitas and Via Spiga a chance to regain their footing in the passions of their past. For Via Spiga, that was a return to the old country. For Freitas, it meant revisiting the technical fabrics and shapes that first attracted her to footwear.
“When I took over as creative director, I really thought about the history of the brand. It launched in Italy, and I thought about its namesake fashion street, Via Spiga. And I thought it had to go back to Italy,” the onetime footwear designer for Topshop, Alexander Wang and Vince explains. And so they did. In fact, they went back to the same factory where the brand had first launched 35 years ago, where Freitas found a book of old Via Spiga designs that guided the direction of the brand’s fall collection.