I was 13 pair deep when I learned the devastating news; Jack Rogers are knockoffs. Turns out, Stephen Bonanno Sandals
original, real deal. And, here I had been traipsing about like a preppy fraud (gasp!)
and didn't even know it!
The history of the Navajo, as us old schooler's still refer to them (kind of like a turtleneck is still a Skyre)
, is that it was originally designed for Jac-waa-leeene
Kennedy in the early 1960's by Luigi Pucillo (the designer)
and Benny and Eva Bonanno (the cobbler and his wife)
. Today, their son Stephen continues hand-crafting the "Palm Beach Classic"
, along with many other styles, one pair at a time.
In 2004 Stephen's sister Vivian and her husband Dominick opened the first signature Stephen Bonanno store in historic downtown Stuart, Florida.
specializes in custom sizing and they have beaucoup colors to choose from.
You will lose sleep deciding over which color combinations to get.
Vivian and her husband are très, très friendly and helpful if you find yourself pulling hair out over these decisions.
The Emma Classic Monogram
also has a certain cult following although, I have not yet had any of that lemonade.
HRH of Prep, Lilly Pulitzer only wears Bonanno's...
So, what did I do with my 13 pair of JR's? Lucky size 9 Emma received a huge care package and, after 2 years I am more than halfway through rebuilding my collection with Bonanno's.
Right now Stephen Bonanno is holding their Sunfest Sale and from April 29 - May 3 you may take $20 off every pair. But, I must mention that custom orders placed during the sale may take up to 15 weeks in production due to volume and the fact that they are all handmade. There is no assembly line here!
Kindness of Melissa C. Morris for cluing me into to my sandal faux pas...