I've already mentioned Naj-Oleari before, a brand that never made it in the States, but that was the biggest thing back in the 80s, in Italy.
And guess who lived in Italy back in the 80s? Yes, yours truly. And like every teenager girl back then, I had a passion for Naj-Oleari.
We had Naj-Oleari pens, pencils, headbands, gloves, backpacks, sweaters, bathing suits, earrings... you name it, they made it. They were the cutest accessories you could wish for, in the sweetest colors, with tiny patterns repeated across the fabric: rabbits, fruits, flowers...
But the 90s came, and when those teenagers grew up, Naj-Oleari started to fade. The only products they sold were make-up and perfumes, and it got harder and harder to find anything else.
Now every time I go back to Italy, I always look for something Naj-Oleari, and the time before last I was very lucky and found a light blue denim handbag with pink fleece lining. The cutest thing!
Unfortunately, on my last visit, the lady at a school supplies store looked at me as if I had three heads when I asked for Naj-Oleari.
"They don't make that anymore" she said to me.
"I know" I replied "I was just hoping for some leftovers".
At this point, a police officer that was paying at the register jumped in the conversation:
"I remember Naj-Oleari! All the girls were wearing it" and he smiled at me.
He was about my age, and for a minute we shared a similar feeling, a nostalgic one for those good old days.
So imagine my joy when I read that Naj-Oleari is coming back with a shoe collection!
I understand their patterns are quite childish, but I can't help feeling excited.
My inner child is screaming for these adorable shoes.
And I love the boots!
I think I'm allowed to take off the heels for a day and be a little girl again.