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Calleen Cordero at Calliote Canyon

Calleen Cordero's first step on her journey to becoming one of today's most inspiring American designers began in Marin County, CA, where at the age of fifteen she was first immersed in the world of high fashion footwear. Beginning in sales at an upscale boutique, her innate talent for fashion and her passion for well-crafted shoes began to shine through, and Calleen soon found herself elevated to the position of assistant buyer, travelling to Europe to view collections and meet with designers, all by the age of sixteen. From this precocious beginning, Calleen went on to represent some of the top names in the footwear industry and learned about every aspect of the art and trade.

In 1999, she began designing her own line and started her company with two simple ideals: bring the Old World art of handmade artisan quality footwear, handbags and accessories back to the United States - and everything that she made would be as authentic as it was beautiful, as comfortable as it was luxurious, and as nourishing to the soul as it was to the eye. Check out her flagship store in L.A., find her products at your favorite boutique or shop here for the latest styles.