Ami Basket Woven Derby Shoes
Oak Street Bootmakers AW14 Preview
A small glimpse at two upcoming models from the American label: a most welcome derby in their trademark Horween Chromexcel and a Vibram soled chukka available in rough-out suede or leather.
Atelier de L’Armée x Smog Bicyclettes
An amazing collaboration between the Amsterdam based bag specialists and Paris Smog Bicyclettes. The result is a superb custom designed fixed gear bike, featuring a camo frame, wooden handlebar and leather Brooks saddle. It also comes with an exclusive Atelier de L’Armée backpack and roll kit, both made from a 1950’s French army duffle bag and dead stock cowhide leather.
Hard Graft 2Pack Messenger
Taka Hayashi x Vans Vault SS14 Chimayo
Buttero embraces woven leather for SS14
Yuketen AW14 Pitti Preview
Mr. Yuki Matsuda’s label has now become a mandatory visit whenever I’m at Pitti. As a footwear aficionado, it’s hard not to drool when faced with Yuketen’s extensive collection, comprised of trademark designs that are constantly elevated to new levels, be it through subtle aesthetical tweaks or core construction techniques.
Although some particular models may be somewhat over the top for my personal taste, the common denominator for all things Yuketen is superb quality and craftsmanship. Starting with skilled artisans who resort to traditional construction techniques, up to the high-end materials and attention to detail, every single item transpires authenticity and love for the product (this goes for both shoes and accessories).
Some of my personal favourites included a beautiful derby shoe with ripple soles, available in supple leather and suede, along with an updated version of the Maine Guide Boot with silver Concho and hand-painted beads.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
Oliver Sweeney SS14