Millefiori is actually a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers) which basically means “a thousand flowers”. These beautiful beads are known for their intricate oral patterns and vibrant colors.
Another name for them are “African TradeBeads”. In the booming trade period between the 1700s and early 1900s, these beads were bartered in West Africa for the most precious African resources: gold, ivory, and palm oil.Slaves were also traded using these beads.
Later, MillefIori became a symbol for something else entirely: peace and love. In the late 1960s and early 70s, MillefIori beads became prevalent with “hippies” as collectible items. Dubbed “Love beads”they were fashioned into colorful necklaces adorned with peace symbols. Due to MilleFIori’s pricey nature, you will often see fake versions made from clay and plastic in stores pancaked with patchouli.
While designing our signature loafer, we wanted to keep the design minimalistic but still add unique touches that tie in our African roots. The Millefiori bead was the perfect addition both for its cultural significance and its size, which made it the perfect replacement for the classic loafer tassel.
All our shoe designs include hints of our patented mosaic fabric which was inspired
by this unique bead. Our shoes represent our heritage and tell the story of our great country.