The Story Behind The Mulo x Norman Parkinson Espadrilles

Mulo x Norman Parkinson
A photo by Norman Parkinson adorns a leather Mulo espadrille.
Joshua Scott

The work of legendary lensman Norman Parkinson lends fashion credibility to Mulo slip-ons for spring ’17.

The espadrille brand has adopted a selection of Parkinson’s iconic images to decorate its classic leather styles. Among the key scenes is “Dog Friday,” an image that Parkinson shot for British Vogue in 1971.

Mulo x Norman Parkinson A Mulo spring ’17 espadrille featuring Norman Parkinson’s photo “Dog Friday.” Joshua Scott

The original shoot in the Seychelles was styled by another fashion legend, Grace Coddington. As the story goes, during production a local dog wandered by. Model Appollonia van Ravenstein stopped for a moment to coax the stray dog, and Parkinson snapped a picture of the spontaneous but beautiful moment. The rest is photo history.

Norman Parkinson “Dog Friday,” Norman Parkinson, 1971. Courtesy of Norman Parkinson Archive.

Mulo’s Norman Parkinson collection was entirely made by hand, using the unique process of creating the espadrille shape on an oxford last. Brand founder Tobias Cox has been finding new and inventive ways to interpret a basic espadrille since launching the brand in 2012. He’s certainly hit a winner here.

Mulo x Norman Parkinson The making of a Mulo x Norman Parkinson espadrille. Courtesy of Mulo.

In addition to the “Dog Friday” image, two other Parkinson photos appear in Mulo’s limited-edition collection: “After Van Dongen,” a 1959 portrait of model Adele Collins inspired by a 1919 Kees Van Dongen painting; and “Looks Likes Summer,” a 1966 shot from a fashion feature in Mexico.

Mulo x Norman Parkinson Mulo spring ’17 espadrilles featuring the Norman Parkinson photos “After Van Dongen” (at left) and “Looks Like Summer.” Courtesy of Mulo.

All three styles will go on sale in spring ’17, retailing for $295 at Muloshoes.com and select boutiques such as 10 Corso Como.

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