Nestled in a 600-square-foot space on Melrose Avenue, is West Hollywood’s newest and stylish boutique, Romero+McPaul. Widely known for their eye-catching velvet slippers, Romero+McPaul proudly debuted their first store in the United States.
When stepping foot into their quaint boutique, you immediately get the impression of what Romero+McPaul are set out to do, set themselves apart from other footwear brands with elegance and dual Spanish and English identities. Romero represents the Spanish entity with an outgoing and modern personality. McPaul derives from English inspirations and is the birthplace of the velvet slippers.
According to the founders, Hernán Junco and Raúl González, the brand is inspired by sailing, Ivy League, and royalty. The signature velvet slippers are luxuriously soft and embody the essence of the three pillars with intricate embroidery, fine artwork, and custom lettering.
Founded in Mexico City in 2012, Romero+McPaul has found success in their storefronts in Mexico and Colombia and have had strong online sales. When asked where they plan to take their business to next, Junco replied, “Sydney, Australia. This is a place where I started, at the University of Sydney, and it’s in my heart. I’m so obsessed with that country, that city in particular. If not Sydney, then maybe a store in New York.”
West Hollywood Councilmember Lauren Meister, Co-founder Raúl González, Co-founder Hernán Junco, and business partner Patricio Jourdain at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Romero+McPaul
Romero+McPaul's ready-to-wear shoes are averaging around $300. They also offer custom designs also known as bespoke with higher sticker prices. Alongside their slippers, you'll also find loafers, Chelsea boots, sneakers, and swim trunks. I was glad to have witnessed their ribbon-cutting event and visit their first U.S. store. Truly intrigued to see how Junco and González continue to elevate the company with their recent and future expansion endeavors.
To experience their fancy footwear, visit the boutique at 8627 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, CA or website at www.romeromcpaul.com.
Singers Ricky Rebel, Em Hoggett, and Harper Starling at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Romero+McPaul
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