This is not new, at Ball Pagès we’ve always lived our love of the Mediterranean.
Ibiza and Formentera, they are not the exception, they enchant us with their people and their culture, climate and especially their history. Both islands share various facets, they have both lived together for many years with tradition and modernity, it’s curious; they both breathe a strong rural character yet also are mad about freeing themselves.
There are so many things that are built on contradictions!
Women from Ibiza in the 30s. Reynaldo Luza.
As we have already said on various occasions in the Ball Pagès blog, our espadrilles start out from the traditional footwear of Ibiza and formentera, which comes from centuries ago in the rural world to go and work the soil and fields and also on Sundays, to move.
In the year 2013 Ball Pagès learnt the traditional “savoir-faire” of the island, directly from the hands of iots artesans, with the will to put on the roads of Europe’s great capitals, a footwear which at the time, and for many years, had only graced the feet of traditional dancers from Ibiza and Formentera, the “Ball Pagès” (trans. “Country Dance”).
In the spring of 2014, the first Ball Pagès was born, the objective was to marry tradition and modernity, the rural and the city.
How did we do this? By taking a single, unique, simple piece out of its context, suddenly writing in a new value and a fresh view to footwear that was on the brink of extinction.
The new soul of the Ibizan espadrille, its renewed character still respecting its traditions and environment, making Ball Pagès pieces unique, which exist, like Ibiza and Formentera, and so many other things, via the contradictions; they are a timeless trend, a complex basic, tradition and modernity at the same time, an austere luxury.
Ball Pagès espadrilles different models.
We wish to invite you join us in loving this corner of the Mediterranean with these words, in your own way, without complications and maybe with certain contradictions.
Fall in love! Become part of the Ball Pagès universe!