Palm Beach Daily News: ‘Birkin Houdini’ Michael Tonello makes big bucks in the resale business

Michael Tonello two trunk shows in Palm Beach this week. He will be at The Breakers on Friday and Serenella on Saturday. When life hands you lemons, you make $1.6 million from a lemonade stand. That’s what Michael Tonello did, well sort of. The Massachusetts native was once a makeup artist and hairstylist who found …

Respoke Event at Reserve, Amarillo, TX

Please join us at Reserve in Amarillo, TX to explore our curated collection of Respoke men’s and women’s espadrilles. Save the Date: December 13 & 14th, 11am–5:30pmReserve, 2614 Wolflin Ave #2614, Amarillo, TX 79109Add to your Google Calendar Add to your iCalView Facebook Event Enter to Win We will raffling off a Respoke bucket hat …

Respoke Provincetown

We are very excited to announce our first independent Respoke shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. As an art and culture hub of the North East, Provincetown is a great choice to hang our first sign! Provincetown, located at the very tip of Cape Cod is where Respoke Founder, Michael Tonello spends summers and is also very …

Here We Go, 2019!

“Team Respoke” has just returned from our Euro romp buying up Hermes, Pucci, Gucci, McQueen and Etro silk in France and Italy, and now have our focus set on what is sure to be our biggest and best year yet. Respoke has lots of exciting news! Several new models are now available both on our …

Michael Tonello Speaks at Food For The Poor Bloom Luncheon

“Bringing Home the Birkin” best-selling author and Respoke founder Michael Tonello spoke to more than 200 guests during Food For the Poor’s inaugural Bloom Luncheon about his unconventional vocation of reselling high-end handbags by Hermes. The event, which also featured a Neiman Marcus fashion show, took place at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club …

Joey Wölffer, Sag Harbor

We are happy to announce that Respoke espadrilles are now featured at Joey Wolffer’s eponymous boutique on Main Street in Sag Harbor. Joey has assembled a unique collection of summer fashion that reflects her travels and bohemian style. Respoke espadrilles fit right in with her one of a kind pieces. Everyone in The Hamptons knows, …

Respoke Supports The Childhood Cancer Project

The Childhood Cancer Project presented an evening with Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the Birkin. The event took place in Boca Raton and was sponsored by Holman Lauderdale Imports and featured numerous Rollys Royce and Aston Martin automobiles for the guests to drive. Hosted by Kim & Scott Vassalluzzo, the evening was an enormous …

A Good Road Trip

I have always liked a good road trip. Get a couple friends together, make a loose itinerary, and then see where the road takes you. Not a lot of planning, more just seat of the pants. (Small side note…life may have been more hit or miss in terms of accommodations and meals before the days …

Bespoke Respoke at Bergdorf Goodman

Fancy having your very own one-of-a-kind Respoke espadrilles? Well now you can! Bergdorf Goodman to host first ever Bespoke Respoke event and trunk show. Bring in your own scarf (or fabric) and in 60-90 days we’ll turn it into Bespoke Respoke espadrilles. Tuesday, March 13th & Wednesday, March 14th, 12-7p, Second floor Shoe Salon.

WikiTrends on Respoke: Upcycled high-end espadrilles are bang on-trend

Lucus Respoke espadrilles
Lucus Respoke espadrilles

Inspired by years of silk scarf collecting, Hermes hound Michael Tonello came up with the idea of repurposing high-end scarf designs into comfortable, handcrafted footwear. Made with upcycled vintage Hermes silk scarves, each pair of these colorful espadrilles is unique. The brand is gaining traction in fancy shops in the USA and elsewhere. Tonello is a creative character who once cornered the market in super-expensive Birkin bags, as detailed in his memoir “Bringing Home the Birkin.”

Read the full WikiTrends Respoke article here.

In Hot Pursuit of the Best Designer Silks

One of the perks of making these espadrilles is that the research and legwork required for innovation has nothing to do with laboratories or control groups. This past month my team and I traveled to Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Florence in hot pursuit of the best designer silks in the world. We came home with …