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Inspired by the people: Anush Mirbegian of Es Par Ta

The espadrille is a classic. Dating back to over 3000 years ago, this shoe is versatile, beautiful and has a history rich in culture. Es Par Ta saw the story...

The espadrille is a classic. Dating back to over 3000 years ago, this shoe is versatile, beautiful and has a history rich in culture. Es Par Ta saw the story behind these shoes and their own collection helps the tradition and creation of these shoes to live on.  Anush Mirbegian is the founder and creative director of Es Par Ta and we asked her a few questions to learn more about inspires her.

Where is your favorite place in the world to travel to?

There are a few but in this moment, I will say Asia, a place I am dreaming about exploring deeper and the journeys I have taken there, to Japan, India, Myanmar and Thailand continue to give me pause and inspiration, even years later.


What’s the biggest difference between living in Barcelona, and living in New York?

When I am in New York, I feel the drive to always search and discover the new, the latest, what’s just on the edge, the energy encourages this and there is an overwhelming amount to digest. Barcelona is much more relaxed, it gives me time to filter and digest all I’ve collected.

What inspired the name, ‘Es Par Ta’?

I was searching for something that nodded to the origin of the espadrille and Esparto, the Spanish word for jute, the material that comprises the soles, kept surfacing. I have long been a language student and it felt important to incorporate to create a phrase that could transcend dialogues.


If you could have breakfast with anyone in the world, who would it be?

My usual dinner with the dead answer is Cleopatra but for breakfast, I will say Roshi Joan Halifax, she is a Buddhist teacher and activist. I am fascinated by what I have heard her say about our interrelatedness and empathy.

What is your favorite thing about the Espadrille?

I adore the story and history of the espadrilles. It’s origins are humble, rooted in the earth and the people connected to the earth through their work. I love the ability espadrilles have to transcend time and always embody a modern appeal. The ultimate chameleon shoe.

Why is the preservation of tradition in the shoe and textile industry so important to you?

These cottage industries are links to the histories that they originate from. I often liken textiles to maps and how they can tell the story of a land, a people and its customs. Beyond aesthetics, there is a bonding that happens when you work together in a group with one’s hands. I am inspired by the energy of the creation of this handwork and feel the community building that occurs during these moments has the potential to create social change.

What is your favorite kind of flower?

I have a penchant for most tropical varietals but if I had to choose for its physical form, symbol and scent, I would point to hyacinths and jasmine.


What’s a common experience for many people that you’ve never experienced?

I’ve never had a proper full time job, it’s been freelance for life! I remember just a couple years ago, it wasn’t so stylish to be a free agent but I’m happy to see many industries evolving to it. I am a true believer in the nomadic state of work.

What is your favorite part of working with artisans?

The sense of collaboration and learning the engineering of particular techniques. I am continually in awe of the electric current that runs between the artisan brain and a practiced pair of hands. It is in the innate ability of motion, moved by emotion, and being witness to these processes that really drive my passion for artisan work.

Where is the most memorable place you’ve ever visited?

In recent memory, the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. I went three times during my several weeks in Myanmar. The place, and the ability to witness people performing their rituals, was magnetic and humbling.


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