Jun 8, 2020

'My initial failure just made me try harder'

Luis Onofre openly admits that his first foray into luxury shoe design could have been his last. The Portuguese designer launched his first namesake collection in 1993, shortly after taking over his family's shoe factory. Today he is best known for his women's shoes, which retail for around €300-€400, and are all made in Portugal. Portugal's reputation for shoe making fell into decline, but Luis and other forward-thinking designers were determined to save it. To help out during the global health crisis, Luis paused shoe production at his factory last month to instead make thousands of face masks that were donated to Portuguese citizens.

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