The Danish shoe brand, Bartels since 1920, is the story of 4 generations of shoe lovers with a passion for craftsmanship, high quality & comfort combined in beautiful design – all with a long-lasting perspective and with care for people and the planet.
Bartels since 1920, with the original name Bartels Damernes Sko, was established by Louie and Emma Bartels in 1920 in an apartment in Sommerstedgade, Copenhagen. The brand quickly grew, and in short time Bartels Damernes Sko was an acknowledged shoe brand known for its delicate and feminine design. The apartment was exchanged with a factory buzzing with life.
All design was developed in-house, while the production of the shoe models was handled under the expertise of Italian modellers, who came to the Danish factory and shared their wisdom making sure the shoes were of premium quality and comfort.
In the 60’s Bartels Damernes Sko was now represented in the most reputable department stores of the time such as Magasin du Nord, Illum and Fonnesbech in Copenhagen and Macy’s in New York. It was a golden time, and celebrities, like iconic actress Marguerite Viby, cherished the shoes due to their comfort and style.