Elia

womenswear

EGYPT
SHOES
designers Elia

biography

Founded in 2015 by Amira Motawea, Elia is an Egyptian footwear brand that puts an emphasis on craft. Before launching her line, Motawea visited small workshops around Egypt to learn more about the process of making shoes, and even took an apprenticeship at one to learn more about the art. Upon launching her line, she focused on using mostly local materials and working only with Egyptian artisans to craft her shoes, and speaking to Bazaar in 2017, explained why her home country is so influential in her designs. “[They] tell a story about ancient Egypt through its culture, streets, architecture, and history,” she said. The name ‘Elia’ means ‘mine’ in Arabic, alluding to the intimate nature of the brand, and the ways in which shoes are so personal to the people who wear them.

collections

AW'18
SS'18 Mexican Collection
AW'17 Fabric Fusion

Elia

womenswear

EGYPT
Sustainable
SHOES
designers > Elia

biography

Founded in 2015 by Amira Motawea, Elia is an Egyptian footwear brand that puts an emphasis on craft. Before launching her line, Motawea visited small workshops around Egypt to learn more about the process of making shoes, and even took an apprenticeship at one to learn more about the art. Upon launching her line, she focused on using mostly local materials and working only with Egyptian artisans to craft her shoes, and speaking to Bazaar in 2017, explained why her home country is so influential in her designs. “[They] tell a story about ancient Egypt through its culture, streets, architecture, and history,” she said. The name ‘Elia’ means ‘mine’ in Arabic, alluding to the intimate nature of the brand, and the ways in which shoes are so personal to the people who wear them.

collections

AW'18
SS'18 Mexican Collection
AW'17 Fabric Fusion