Honestly, after those Italic flats, I’m so over DTC brands.
They’re never quite as good as they claim to be.
… but every now and then, Margaux has crossed my web browsing.
If you’re here coming from Google, you know what the deal with Italic is.
If you’re here because you’re a regular reader (hiya!), basically Italic creates a range of products from the same manufacturers as high-end brands like Chanel, Frette, Hermès, etc…
There is one crucial thing you need to keep in mind with Italic:
Over the last 15 years, Repetto’s Cendrillon ballet flats have been in and out of my life.
There was the first black pair I bought at Rosenstein (RIP) in Montreal, full price.
Other pairs followed — the turquoise suede pair whose blue rivals Caribbean seas, snappy faux-crocodile prints, shaggy fools gold… but they were all on sale.
Then the winds shifted and Repetto Camilles blew into my life.
With a higher heel (ok, only 2cm higher), I thought Repetto Camilles were all I’d ever need…
With Chanel’s infamous price hikes, Chanel ballet flats have become seriously expensive.
Considering that in 2008, they cost $550 USD, it’s actually kind of nuts… actually, a 45% price increase for a pair of shoes is all the kinds of nuts.
… but here’s something even nuttier, in 2008 I skipped my high school prom for a pair of Chanel ballet flats.
While the girls in my grade were fussing over prom dresses, dates and makeup appointments, I was tracking down a pair of two-tone Chanel ballet flats.