In its sixtieth year, Casadei is future-proofing its business with a little help from Andy Warhol. To celebrate this six decade anniversary, the house is releasing a special “naked” capsule collection of slingback pumps in six colors. The uppers are done in a mix of clear plastic and poppy shades while Casadei’s signature blade heel comes encased in Plexi and reimagined in a new 6cm kitten height.
FN got an exclusive preview when we visited the Casadei atelier and factory last month in Italy’s footwear heartland, San Mauro Pascoli. Creative director, Cesare Casadei showed us the Pop Art images from his moodboard that inspired the collection but also explained the deeper resonance of Warhol’s Factory.
“It was 360 degree art,” he said, citing all its intertwined elements from movie making to communications and advertising. “It was a whole community of people – artists, singers, models – all living together and sharing the same world. Connection makes you richer. We need these connections.”
Fittingly he has chosen to launch the collection on April 17, during Milan’s Salone del Mobile art and design fair.
A shoe from the Casadei 60th Anniversary Capsule Collection
Indeed, 60 years after it was founded by his parents, Quinto and Flora,