Castañer’s first workshop was founded by cousins Luis Castañer and Tomàs Serra in 1927. In the mid-1960s Lorenzo Castañer and his wife Isabel took over the company and refocused the business by adding some colour and making espadrilles fashionable footwear. In the early 1970s at a trade show in Paris they met Yves Saint Laurent, who had been looking in vain for months for someone to make him a wedge espadrille. Castañer has been attracting top fashion houses and making them espadrilles ever since.