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NEOUs is for the modern realist. Inspired by the leagacy and practicality of the Bauhaus school, founder and creative director Vanissa Antonious honours restraint and intergrity in design and production, citing Mies van der Rohe’s philosophy of less is more. Drawing on her art history education and aptitude for telling stories through image making, gained whilst working at Harper’s BAZAAR and as an independent fashion stylist and consultant, Vanissa’s aesthetic is informed but non-conformist. Made in Italy, shoes are given architecturally sound block heels and easy elevations.

There is synergy between material and form, notable in NEOUS’ signature wood and perspex sphere heel and the organic ripple and folds of leather. Textures meet wood, lattice and leather lasts in surprising moments; while an evolving palette of cream, banana, brick, navy and black are interpretation of classic hues. Materials--from suppple calfskin to hand-woven macrame--are sourced in italy and leather is selected by hand for its uniqueness, tonal nuance and variations in marks or veins.

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The ancient eastern philosophy of Do--meaning road, way or path and characterized by learning from repetition--articulates the NEOUS drive for constant refinement and progression. We honour this through thoughtful and sustainable practices--by sourcing long-lasting natural materials and by using recycled packaging. Our shoes and handbags are handcrafted by skilled makers in our italian factories-- we get to know each artisan for their individual skillset, be it pattern making, cutting, sewing or moulding. There is still more that can be done--we are committed to further developing our research and implementing greater sustainable practice across our business. This combination of intuition, passion and collaboration is integral to the NEOUS brand so a transparent approach allows the NEOUS woman to be informed in her choices. NEOUS is abstracted classicism through thoughtful practice.

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