Not long ago, Francesca Giobbi's name was synonymous with fashionista

shoes. Having worked with European brands such as Gucci, Versace and

Sergio Rossi, Giobbi's footwear balanced the sensuality of her native

Brazil with a fresh approach to shape and material. Her opulent, chunky

heels could be recognized from a distance, easily identifiable by their

refined craftsmanship and the eccentric chic mix of textures. Although

the great handcrafted work and edgy design has long captivated a loyal

audience, this season Giobbi will widen her audience with a new brand

under the name Isla Castilla.

Aware of the current recessionista concept, the designer

created a range of shoes that are less expensive and a bit more

commercially driven. The luxury market is in crisis throughout the

world. Today women think twice before spending their money. The

decision to make more affordable shoes meets the Brazilian reality,

explains Giobbi.


imported satins and faux crocodile, as well as sting ray, python and

lizard skins, the winter collection is inspired in Giobbi's muse, Carla

Bruni. She doesn't go unnoticed, even wearing black pumps, declares

the designer. Particular attention goes to oxford-style pumps in

contrasting linings, cute leopard flats with large bows and great high

heel sandals with large ankle straps that will given any woman a sense

of what it's like to be in Bruni's shoes-even during these hard times.