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In 1947, radical designer, Bernard Rudofsky introduced the very first fashion sandal line to the world. The brand, Bernardo is now is in the midst of re-issuing many of their historically well photographed vintage styles. All of the Bernardo Vintage Couture sandals have designs that seem to hover in a modern universe and fit perfectly into a 2011 lifestyle.
Earlier this month, Bergdorf Goodman was the first of a handful of international boutiques to stock the re-issued line of hand crafted italian leather sandals. Today, Chicagoians can find them at Helen Yi in Bucktown. At the end of last week, Helen received just a few pairs of this sandal line but expects she'll continue to receive shipments of Bernardo within the next few weeks.
Styles available from Helen Yi, the exclusive Chicago stockist, include the Moon Flat ($225), shown here, which was originally manufactured in 1967 and inspired by the traditional monk. She also stocks the Tie style ($195) from the 1969 collection. Also available are the navy Bandeau platform, a jeweled thong called the Goldfinger and Helen tells us she is especially excited to carry the silver fringe tassel Pucci collaboration coming in later this week.
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