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MEET | FRANÇOIS DU CHASTEL
Featured 1.16-1.22.17 | François du Chastel has a foot fetish. But not the creepy kind. The Paris-born former investment banker-turned-footwear designer saw his girlfriends hobbling around on stilettos in pain and thought, why can't flats be fashionable? The answer is, they can, and du Chastel made sure of it with the launch of his company Chatelles in 2012. In just three years and with more than 200 original styles of gentlemen slippers reinvented for women, he truly has made the flat not only acceptable, but covetable. So covetable, in fact, that he's played footsie with some of the most well-heeled women out there (Oh, hey, Kate Middleton). And I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a flat over a heel any day, especially when they’re French fashionista-approved.
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François du Chastel graduated from HEC Paris and Sciences Po Paris. He also attended law courses at la Sorbonne. François began his career at an investment bank in London (Merrill Lynch). An entrepreneur at heart, he decided to throw himself into creating luxury slippers and launched Chatelles in 2012. The collection sells on its eshop which has rapidly developed an internationally distributed network. François opened his first boutique in Paris on 94 rue du Bac in St-Germain-des-Prés at the end of 2014. In just three years, he has created more than 100 original styles and is currently preparing a collection of mini slippers for children.