Mara & Mine

Story by Breana Powell
Photos by Alexander Herman

mara When it comes to flats, comfort and style shouldn’t be mutually exclusive—and Mara & Mine has flourished under this idea. The brand’s Fall/Winter Collection finds inspiration in desert wildlife (think snakes, spiders, and scorpions) and rock ‘n roll, utilizing vibrant skins and patterns, metal embellishments, and luxe black suede and leather. Joining the line’s staple slipper and sneaker designs is the launch of a mule, pointed toe slipper, booties, and a line of versatile clutches. In addition to their edgy yet timeless designs, quality craftsmanship is a huge factor in Mara & Mine’s identity; Materials are sourced from Italy and Spain and then handmade into shoes in sunny Los Angeles. Quickly rising (or should we say strutting?) up the ranks, the shoe brand has been worn by stars such as Kendall Jenner, Chanel Iman, Cara Delevigne, and Margot Robbie.

We spoke to Mara & Mine designers Tamie Ingham and Jasmine Yarbrough to pick their brains about all things design, style, and which rules they love to break.

Tastevin: How did you two meet and dream up this brand?
Jasmine: After meeting 10 years ago, we both began working together on photoshoots and runway shows. I was modeling and Tam was a stylist.
Tamie: Working in the industry we saw a need for flat shoes that were smart and chic. Being avid shoppers, we both wanted shoes that were not available in the marketplace. Classic shoes with a modern twist, hardware and luxurious leathers that we could walk in on set and out for drinks.

TM: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
JY: Our designs are inspired by our wanderlust. We find inspiration from holiday destinations we both travel to together. Bringing each design back to our original skeletal theme, which began from our trip to Mexico.
TI: From these destinations, we seek inspiration from local architecture, flora, fauna, culture and fabrics. Every design we create is full of attitude and intrigue.

TM: What advice (both business and creative) would you give to an aspiring shoe designer?
JY: Always make a statement and don’t be afraid to take risks.
TI: Be innovative yet still wearable.

TM: Can you reveal one of your best style tips?
TI: Invest in quality fabrics.
JY: Confidence is key.