The Mysterious Continsouza Pointe Shoe Brand
I found these photos of the French pointe shoe brand Continsouza completely by accident during one of my internet researching episodes. This is getting to be a regular occurrence for me. I set off to hunt for information about one mystery pointe shoe brand and end up finding another!
I was able to dig up a small bit of history on the Continsouza name. A well-known French manufacturer by the name of Pierre-Victor Continsouza invented and produced specialized camera’s and equipment for photography. The business became very successful and grew into a very large production company in Paris.
Pierre-Victor Continsouza died in 1944 and there is no clue as to whether this company expanded to produce dancewear or not. After a bit more investigating I found an address for the Continsouza Company on a French dance forum;
Continsouza SA BP 622-75421 Paris Cedex 09-01 53 32 84 89
As you can see, Continsouza also makes (or made) ballet slippers. I found the ballet slippers for sale on a French merchant website. At this time, I can’t know whether this brand is discontinued or not, so it will be added to the mystery list for now.
9/2014 UPDATE: After all this time I am still no closer to finding out where French dancers are sourcing these shoes. They continue to appear for sale online sale since this post was originally published.
more images of this intriguing brand