Calleen Cordero’s first step on her journey to becoming one of today’s most inspiring American designers began in Marin County, CA, where at the age of fifteen she was first immersed in the world of high fashion footwear. Beginning in sales at an upscale boutique, her innate talent for fashion and her passion for well-crafted shoes began to shine through, and Calleen soon found herself elevated to the position of assistant buyer, travelling to Europe to view collections and meet with designers, all by the age of sixteen. From this precocious beginning, Calleen went on to represent some of the top names in the footwear industry and learned about every aspect of the art and trade.
In 1999, she began designing her own line and started her company with two simple ideals: bring the Old World art of handmade artisan quality footwear, handbags and accessories back to the United States – and everything that she made would be as authentic as it was beautiful, as comfortable as it was luxurious, and as nourishing to the soul as it was to the eye.
A Do Good Brand
As the art of handcrafting luxury goods diminishes throughout the US, Calleen Cordero is the only female designer who has managed to revive the traditional craft from the 70’s. At her Los Angeles factory, nearly 40 artisan employees work under one roof to bring Cordero’s designs to life. From sculptors of wooden soles, hand-lasters and sewers, each piece is passed through the hands of talented workers the old school way. Calleen Cordero uses only natural materials and dyes. All heels and wedges begin with planks of adler and ply wood from sustainable forests. All glues used are 80% non toxic to the environment.