November 2014 Katrien Herdewyn started her commercial shoe label: Elegnano. Elegnano offers elegant, exclusive women’s shoes of the highest quality for women that are fashionable and graceful, but also know what they want in life. Elegnano lives by the motto: float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Walking through life effortless and elegant, but strong and sharp at the same time. Elegnano wants every woman to move gracefully through life – like a fairy or a butterfly – without exchanging elegance and femininity for comfort and resilience. Technological innovation and modern design make this possible.
A fusion of ELEGance and NANOtechnology
Elegnano is literally, and figuratively a fusion of elegance and nanotechnology. The Italian craftsmanship and high-tech innovation are brought together in unique designs. The design studio and research facilities are based in Belgium. We pay a lot of attention to the right fit and materials of the shoes. Only top quality materials are personally selected with great care. The exclusive leather goods are handmade in the Marche in Italy, known worldwide for producing high quality footwear.
Katrien’s fascination for shoes started at a very young age: The four year old Katrien built a shoe shop in front of the garage and spent hours underneath tables in aisles to look at the shoes of people that walked by, without being distracted by anything above it. But initially she took another road. In 2010 she graduated as a civil engineer with a master’s degree in Nanotechnology. Her passion for shoes was quickly rekindled when she combined a PhD study in Nanotechnology with studies in fashion footwear design. She took specialized classes in shoedesign in Belgium, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands.