Adieu was launched in 2012 by a most unlikely duo – Benjamin Caron, of bohemian, punk-rock roots who had already been designing hand-made creepers and Isabelle Guédon, fashion world maven and formerly Head of Textiles at Les Arts Déco in Paris. The result is a collection of sophisticated styles with light, comfortable soles that offer a sharp and contemporary look.
The aesthetic of this Paris-based brand combines the “bad boy look” with a “refined silhouette”, clearly the intersection of the personalities of Adieu’s two founders (and real-life couple), who met in their seaside hometown of Les Sables d’Olonne.
An illustration from the F/W ’13 mood board
The name Adieu comes from a poem by 19th-century scribe, Stéphane Mallarmé, setting the romantic tone of the label’s founding and DNA – the poem talks of being positive, walking forward and not looking back.
Discover more about Benjamin and Isabelle in our interview with them below.
What is the DNA of Adieu in your own words?
Adieu plays around ambivalent notions: sharp and silent, childish and serious, modernized retro, popular and noble.
What is the best shoe care tip you’ve ever come across?
To wear your shoes on alternate days so that they can rest in between and to spit on the shoes at the end of waxing : this gives the most beautiful shine!
Your first shoe memory?
The creepers that Benjamin brought from London when he was a teenager, and our first kiss then, despite himself! He had slightly slipped on the sidewalk with his brand new pair!
Describe your personal shoe collections
Too many…(less and less high heels!), black and graphic, eccentric and sober
If you could have designed the shoes for any movie, what would it have been?
Stranger Than Paradise from Jim Jarmusch (1984).
Have you ever been influenced by films when designing your shoes?
Arizona Junior from Joel Coen with Nicolas Cage who was so upset when he ruined his cheap white loafers while escaping the police and all the musicals from the 1950′s with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.
Here are a few of our favorite styles from their Fall/Winter collection
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