Designer LanVy Nguyen believes that luxury, quality, and ethics should play equal parts in the fashion industry. As such, her wedged shoes are as much exhibit-worthy as they are wearable.
Each pair has a leather top and a wooden base, with a 3-inch front platform and a 6-inch heel that’s carved with techniques based on Vietnam’s ancient Imperial and Pagoda wood art. This handiwork is intended to preserve the traditional crafts that are slowly fading in the wake of the globalised modern economy, paying homage to the country’s cultural heritage with a careful contemporary spin. The shoes take 18-22 days to make, involving multiple artisans who specialized in wood-crafting, leather-crafting, cobbling, and lacquering.