On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Edmundo Castillo and Manuele Bianchi were honored with the Design Award for Best Travel Shoes at the 9th Annual Travel + Leisure Design Awards 2013, at the Stadtbad Oderberger in Berlin, Germany. The woven calf leather and elastic sneaker is from the Edmundo Castillo Spring/Summer 2013 namesake collection.
Castillo began his formal training in shoemaking in New York City. A true master craftsman, Castillo’s collections are feminine and timeless featuring classic shapes with a modern edge. He has received multiple awards including the Perry Ellis Award for Best Emerging Accessories Designer by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and most recently the 2012 Vanidades Style Icon Award for Accessories and he continues to sell his namesake collections in markets worldwide. Castillo is also currently the Creative Director of Via Spiga and has worked with renowned fashion designers and fashion houses such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Sergio Rossi, Narciso Rodriguez, Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta, Castaner and Santoni. His designs have attracted the attention of collectors and celebrities such as Kate Moss, Beyonce, Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz, and Oprah, among others.