In 1789 the new ideals of the French Revolution – freedom, equality and fraternity – provoked a change of style replacing pompous luxury with simpler and uncluttered aesthetics. The Escarpin is a delicately crafted boot, built on a flat sole, the upper made from leather or fabric reaching above the ankle and closing on the side held by woven straps. For the first time, the Escarpin represented a fashion item worn by all folk regardless of their social status, sported across the entire Alpine Region and beyond.
Our boots are designed as a hybrid between a 18th century Escarpin and a 1970s Mohamed Ali boxing boot.
The BARABARA Escarpin
At BARABARA we love this optimistic and ‘border crossing’ concept and have developed a contemporary and non seasonal ankle boot for women of all ages and backgrounds. The BARABARA Escarpin is an alternative suggestion to the classic trainer or sneaker, which we all wear so excessively every day. The trainer is always comfortable to wear and an effortless choice to make – but we are tired of it!
With the signature BARABARA Escarpin, you will enjoy all the benefits of a classic sport shoe, but with a graceful looking and considered design.
Our shoes are made in the Marche region of Italy, by a small family business run by two sisters. The company has been making shoes for 30 years and manufactures small batches of unique shoes made of finest quality materials with rare levels of craftsmanship and care. Please find all details of our sustainable materials used on the associated product page.
The BARABARA Pot holder Hat and Vest
The hats are constructed following the shape of a helmet, keeping your ears cosy and warm and the vests are a simplified knitted take on a traditional Bavarian Dirndl top.
Our knitwear is produced by MyOma.de, a social enterprise set up to support the older generation who are skilled at knitting and crochet, creating friendships and a source of income through a shared love of craft. Demographics show that there will be more and more older people in Germany in the future, who will need social and financial support. At BARABARA we believe that our business can make an important contribution to a sustainable integration of funds and social needs. Some of our knitters like to meet regularly to chat, others just like to knit as a creative outlet, and to earn some money with their hobby.
Such projects can only survive in the long term if our community understands the true cost – and value – of “social” products. This is why we are transparent in our pricing structure.
We are using 100 % Merino wool extrafine, mulesing free, sourced in Australia and made in Italy.
We are aiming to source recycled and local wool manufactures for the coming seasons.
At the end of World War II in 1945, Germany was split into four administrative sectors by the allied forces of France, Great Britain, Soviet Union and the United States. The state of Bavaria turned into the American occupation zone, where young US soldiers looked after the reconstruction of a new political and administrative system through the process of demilitarisation, denazification, democratization and decentralisation.
An influx of American culture and art brought about by these soldiers captivated the imagination of young Germans who were longing for a liberal and democratic way of life. American youth culture, music, film, fashion and art became sign posts for a better future promising political renewal, freedom and self expression.
Under these influences Bavaria became the cradle of new German Cinema of the 1960s and 70s.
The BARABARA Varsity Jacket
We selected the American Varsity jacket, which appeared in films by Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Becoming a global symbol for youth, camaraderie and cooperation, we are using this iconic garment as a canvas to appliqué traditional Alpine motifs as an expression of audacious optimism.
We produce this hand made jacket in our studio in Munich, made to order in limited numbers. The jackets feature embroidery, appliqué, crochet, and require complex assembly. We prefer to keep the production all in one place to keep carbon footprint and additional shipping costs to a minimum.