How It's Made: The Anine Bing Boots L.A. Girls Love
If there were an award for most popular ankle boot among top bloggers and stylish celebrities, it would have to go to Anine Bing for her Charlie boot. The Danish designer’s studded bootie has been seen on the likes of Jessica Alba, Chiara Ferragni, and Aimee Song—to name but a few—and is a favorite among fashion editors, too. As the first boots Bing ever debuted (three years ago now), they show no signs of losing steam. When asked why that might be, Bing explained, “They’re a statement piece that adds that little extra something [to an outfit], and all the girls I know who own them say they’re their most comfortable shoes. Handmade here in Los Angeles with the softest leather, you can just [sense] the time and love that has been put into them.” To get proof of that, we went behind the scenes to find out exactly how the beloved boots get made.
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The process begins with Anine collecting inspiration and working with her design team to formulate a new style based on mood boards and sketches. For the Charlie boot, Bing tells us, “I wanted to create a statement boot! A pair that you could wear with anything: jeans, shorts and dresses. They give [any outfit] that extra edge.” As for the name? “I wanted to give them a strong name, and I also liked that this was unisex," Bing explains.
The Charlie boot is handmade in Los Angeles, where Bing is based, but her role in the production has changed over time. “When I started the brand, I went to the factories myself,” she tells us. “But now with two kids and a very busy work schedule, there is not as much time for that side of the business anymore. I have a really good team on the production side, [though], which I am truly grateful for. I’m [still] in charge of all designs, and I check all samples and approve them before we go into production. The style and fit of a new design will always be very important to me and something I never want to step away from.”