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If you're looking for the perfect summer sandal to flaunt that exquisite pedicure, meet Cornetti. The up-and-coming brand founded by 25-year-old talent Claudia Aragon was born from her love of Southern Italy, where she lived for two years after attending UCLA at 18. Although she majored in Psychology, Aragon was obsessed with the artisan sandals she found off the Amalfi Coast and Capri, so she began sketching her own designs and having them produced at tiny Italian sandal shops. She then returned to LA and successfully sold her custom collection to a slew of high-end retailers.

A clear hit at last year's Couer trade show in DTLA, this rising star's LA-designed, Italian-made creations (ranging from $125-$375) are sure to be spotted everywhere this season. We sat down with Aragon to pick her brain before she blows up.

Where is your studio located?
"My studio is conveniently located in the kitchen of my apartment in Santa Monica; or another way to look at it, my kitchen is conveniently located in my studio. Food fuels creativity?"

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