" We design, create and sell unique and beautifully crafted, fine quality footwear that inspires and delights intelligent, freethinking women worldwide."
Founded by Jennifer Portman and Natalia Barbieri in London, Bionda Castana produces luxury footwear for women who see shoes as more than accessories; they place them at the very heart of their wardrobe.
Bionda Castana translates from Italian into "Blonde Brunette" - each representative of one half of the design duo, Jennifer being the blonde and Natalia the brunette. Jennifer and Natalia met at University in London. It was this encounter and friendship that would later lead them to forming their luxury shoe business. Bionda Castana products are all 100% hand - made in Italy. Bionda Castana’s combination of progressive British design and traditional Italian craftsmanship has secured a permanent space with luxury retail ambassadors around the world. They have soon become one of the UK's most regarded design duos.
In a very short space of time (Bionda Castana was born in 2007), the design duo has rapidly gained recognition and credibility in the marketplace. Bionda Castana were honoured with the award for Best New Accessories Designer 2008 at the "Who is on Next/Vogue Italia" Event in Rome and has achieved major media recognition and coverage in leading publications worldwide. Their glamorous celebrity clientele includes Chloe Sevigny, Kate Moss and Rhianna.