19.05.2021

Favourite handbag brand is expanding into footwear

Branching out into the footwear department (ticking off the second of our two guiltiest pleasures), sisters behind the label, Beste and Merve Manastır, have tapped into their innate sense of what’s cool and produced a collection of shoes that we not only *need*, but that will be all over your Instagram feed for the foreseeable.

We dubbed them the hottest new handbag brand taking Instagram by storm last summer, and it seems Manu Atelier’s success in the accessories department won’t stop there.

A reflection of their hometown, Istanbul, the sandals, mules and boots all have beautiful embroidery and traditionally brilliant craftsmanship, with square toes, multi-coloured (but muted!) straps and unusual, almost flared heels adding a modern spin.

Speaking about their decision to kick off the brand with the handbag collection, as opposed to shoes, the sisters told GLAMOUR UK: “Our father [has been] a handicraftsman since 1961 and our childhood [consisted of] combining the leftover leathers and by making miniature handbags with them.”

“Handbags are the most tangible face of our childhood and infatuation with our father and his artisanship.”

And they’re now launching their brand extension with the comfort blanket of a very loyal fan base that includes not only endless influencers and fashion editors, but also one of the most influential royals in the world, Kate Middleton, who loves her mini emerald green box bag.

The collection launches with Selfridges and on on May 15th. You can expect to see it all over your Instagram shortly afterwards.

While we wait patiently for the launch, scroll down to see the mouth-wateringly good look book styled by Alex Carl…

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