New Regina Romero Footwear Collection Captures 1990s Glamor
By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
The new fall/winter collection of Mexican luxury shoe and accessory design house Regina Romero, which was presented in a by-invitation-only trunk show on Monday, Oct. 2, at Casa O in Mexico City’s toney Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec, is a reflection of the brand’s 40-year history of quality hand-crafted, all-leather footwear inspired by the sophistication and elegance of the 1990s.
The 68-model collection — titled La Richesse and now available on line, at Palacio de Hierro department stores and Regina Romero’s exclusive boutique located at Monte Líbano 250 in Lomas de Chapultepec, as well as on the Liverpool website — gushes with distinctively tailored detailing like gold-plated metal trims and bespoke contrasting textures that exude class and refinement.
Although classic black, browns and neutrals dominate the collection, it also includes a range of contemporary colors, from radiant turquoises to sparkling metallics.
Black and brown animal prints with quirky spread-out-at-the-base heels and sky-high platforms with clunky snake-like soles abound, as do iridescent boots and comfy-but-stylish clogs.
There is a wide selection of styles suitable for all ages, from seductive ankle strapped stilettos and chic runners to bold, vintage-like Oxford dress shoes with duotone finishes and sensible work-to-play pumps.
The brand, which was founded in 1984 by Mexican designer Regina Romero and which is now overseen by her son Jorge Romero, has always been about the continuity of classic quality Italian leather atelier and visionary forward-thinking fashion.
“We have tried to incorporate something for every woman of every age group,” explained the brand’s creative director, Monserrat Vega Aritegui, during the trump show.
“We strive to make every pair of shoes we produce an iconic and timeless fashion treasure that can be worn for years.”
Vega Aritegui went on to say that every model of the collection was “inspired by memories of the past and reinvented for the future.”
The Regina Romero brand sells nearly 90,000 pairs of shoes each year in Mexico and is currently hoping to expand its sales in Europe, where it already has a small elite market share in Italy.
“We design our shoes for women, and it is those women who are — and always will be — the main impetus for our creations,” said Jorge Romero. “Our promise is that our shoes will never stop being comfortable and stylish at the same time.”