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More Than 100 Hours of Handwork Went Into These Nautical Slippers

Sanayi 313’s Serena Uziyel pulls elements of her second home, the Mediterranean Sea, into elegant spring slides.

Turkish designer Serena Uziyel spends summers on her family’s boat, sailing between the Greek Isles and her home country’s coast. Naturally, nautical colors and textures pervade her shoes and handbags for Sanayi 313, the accessories line she established with brothers Enis and Amir Karavil. The siblings’ hybrid design store, brasserie, and art gallery is located in Istanbul and goes by the same name. This spring, the designer dives deeper into her connection with the sea by distilling its most enchanting elements into the brand’s highly coveted slides. On a pair dubbed “Chios,” layers of opaque silicon coins, connected by gold thread, recall the gradient scale of blue hues visible in the temperate body of water. The “Iris” slippers feature a cluster of seashells that were hand-picked in Indonesia—including turret, chestnut turban, and whelk shells—that sit elegantly atop fanned fringe tiers. Each style in the collection, fully realized after 100-plus hours of handwork at Sanayi 313’s Mumbai embroidery atelier and leather workshop in Tuscany, captures the maritime charms that draw Uziyel back to the Mediterranean summer after summer.


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Chios Slippers, $1115; net-a-porter.com; Iris Slippers, $1195; modaoperandi.com

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