Keen to get a foot in the door of this season's ballet flat trend? This collaborative collection between The Garment and Giaborghini, unveiled at Copenhagen Fashion Week, could be your most stylish bet
Those enamoured with The Garment’s take on timeless minimalism can now apply that same ethos to their feet: the Danish brand has teamed up with Italian shoemakers Giaborghini on a collection of shoes. Making its debut on The Garment’s spring/summer '24 runway, the collaboration balances the masculine and the feminine by way of a ballet flat and a loafer.
“We are inspired by men and women we admire, but we are also very much inspired by our own everyday wear,” says The Garment co-founders Sophia Roe and Charlotte Eskildsen. Roe tends towards the delicate femininity of the ballet flat, while Eskildsen prefers the loafer, often pairing them with a ladylike skirt.
While the two brand are worlds apart, they share an obsession with their respective crafts and a preference towards pieces that defy trends, living in one’s wardrobe season after season. “The aesthetic and vision of both brands have this in common: a clean yet powerful elegance
that want to stay timeless,” says Giaborghini founder Barbara Borghini. “With Sophia and Charlotte it was easy and exciting to build the capsule collection as we share a lot of similar style references.” The process involved sending plenty of mood images back and forth before landing on the perfect iteration of each shoe.
The aesthetic and vision of both brands have this in common: a clean yet powerful elegance that want to stay timeless
Barbara Borghini, founder of Giaborghini
The defining characteristic is the bow – a recurring motif throughout The Garment’s SS24 collection. “It is not only an ornament but also a symbol of a strong bond,” says Borghini. “A very feminine detail we spent quite some time to perfect it and we are proud of.” This contrast between delicate and strong – feminine and masculine – is at the heart of the collaboration.
As for how the shoes ought to be worn, naturally Roe and Eskildsen have some ideas. “The ballerinas, we would style with loose, oversized trousers and classic knit,” they say. “The loafer we would style with a mini skirt and oversized blazer for contrast, or with a great suit.”