Bote A Mano unites Eastern opulence and European craftsmanship.
BOTE A Mano is far more than just a footwear label. Nothing represents the essence of the online brand more than its name — ‘Bote’ is Farsi for ‘paisley’, while ‘A Mano’ is Italian for ‘made by hand’. The coming together of Italian leather and vibrant handcrafted fabrics sourced from the East, the brand is the brainchild of Iranian native Niloufar Sassani and her husband Edoardo Bortolato, from Italy. “When we started dating in 2012, Edoardo had very little knowledge of the East, let alone Iran. The more I exposed him to my culture, the more fascinated he was. I, on the other hand, had a fair idea of Europe but it’s so different being introduced to a country by a native,” says Sassani, who moved to Switzerland at 16 and later to Paris to complete her education.
Their inaugural collection shines the spotlight on Indian textile weavers from Varanasi. “We worked with local weavers to bring back two historical patterns, floral and geometrical, which were popular in the 13th century. These represent a fascinating fusion of Indian, Mongolian and Persian sensibilities,” explains Sassani. Midnight in Banaras, the ballet flat with a deep blue and gold brocade work, is great for an evening out. Lilian of Banaras, on the other hand, is a lovely red and gold affair, and can be worn for a lunch or dinner date. Next in the pipeline for Bote A Mano are flats and pumps that will employ weaves from Yazd and Varanasi.
Rs 13,145 upwards (approximately). Details: bote-a-mano.com
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo