The founding idea behind Zespà footwear was a reinterpretation of the traditional espadrille. The brand was launched in 2009 by 3 friends from art school, Peter, Paul, and Jacques in Aix-en-Provence. From the start, Zespà has focused on meticulously sourced leathers and materials, producing the shoes entirely in France. The initial collection earned the fledgling brand critical acclaim, convincing the designers that the world wanted footwear with a focus on French craftsmanship. In 2014, Zespà diversified the collection, offering more styles with the same attention to finish and detail, launching the next chapter in the ongoing Zespà story.