LanVy Nguyen, the owner of fashion company Fashion4Freedom, decided to create a line of high-heel shoes that respect the Asian culture, by following the ancient technique of pagoda. Saigon Socialite includes jewelry, business attire for men, and contemporary clothing for women, but most noticeable a line of hand-carved high-heel shoes that look more like museum pieces than actual footwear. The shoes are sold on Etsy and they surely deserve every last cent, since they should be treated as artworks rather than simple shoes.
Each pair of shoes has a leather top and wooden base, which is 3 inches at the front and 6 inches at the back.
The shoes have been made using Vietnam’s Imperial art and pagoda wood technique.
This line represents the union of meeting point of ancient art with the more modern and globalized fashion.
Each pair takes 18-22 days to complete, since many craftspeople are involved in the making.
It is important to say that during the making of the shoes nothing gets wasted, with everything given to places that people need them the most.
For example, shoe samples are donated to orphanages, and the remnants of materials are given to local schools.
The company teaches these techniques to poor women in villages so they can create their own shoes and sell them for a profit.
It is very important to stay close to modernity, but it is also very important to remember and pay homage to the past. Something that is so beautiful has an entire philosophy behind it and knowing that philosophy make us even more attached to this product.