'The Birkin Houdini' Worked His Hermès Magic and Conjured These Elegant Espadrilles

A bespoke summertime sandal, upcycled from designer silk scarves


Last summer, a stylish young lad from London walked into the Respoke store in Provincetown, Mass., in search of a pair of espadrilles. There was a tea dance that afternoon, the man explained, and he wanted something unique to wear.

As a seaside mecca for well-heeled—and well-shod—members of the LGBT+ community, the Cape Cod summer commune has no shortage of places to buy spiffy shoes. But Respoke’s wares are unique in the literal sense of that term.

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