Founded in 2007 by Natalia Barbieri and Jennifer Portman, luxury shoe brand Bionda Castana perfectly blends London-cool with Italian craftsmanship and expertise. Barbieri and Portman, who met at business school and are both half-Italian, were instantly inseparable and became known as ‘the blonde brunette’. Leaving high-flying banking and marketing jobs in the City to launch the company, years later their handle seemed like the perfect name for the business. They identified a niche in the luxury shoe market, for timeless and understated designs that suit the modern woman and all aspects of their daily lives. Within this niche, the brand rapidly gained momentum and are now stocked internationally in the world’s most illustrious department stores and online destinations such as Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Avenue32.com.