Beams Plus SS14 “Californian Ivy” Lookbook
Tommy Hilfiger x George Esquível Limited Edition Loafers
Following their first encounter in 2009 during the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, Tommy Hilfiger and George Esquível have recently joined forces to create a limited edition footwear collection. Coming from two of America’s most renowned designers, the collection takes Hilfiger’s preppy universe and twists it with Esquível’s signature detailing, delivering a unique piece of American history.
Inspired by a vintage aesthetic, the collection is comprised by a loafer and brogue for both men and women: four distinct models made from locally sourced premium leathers and featuring artisanal details such as antique leather washing, hand-punched perforations and hand-appliqued logos using a hot branding iron. Each pair comes with its own limited edition number, customized dust bag and box.
I was lucky enough to receive a pair of the exclusive two-toned loafer created for the collection. The combination of the navy uppers and contrast burgundy applications works beautifully, with the highlights going to the outstanding handcrafted perforations and detailing, which definitely takes them to another level. The last, a bit rounder than the ones I’m used to, was actually a pleasant surprise as its classic nature is evenly balanced by the overall modern take on the loafer.
Mr. Hare SS14 Pitti Preview
Maintaining the outstanding quality and balance between classic and fresh, Mr. Hare’s collection featured several must-haves. That right wing in a beautiful cognac brown showcased pretty much all my favourite essentials (I favour brown anytime), while on the left, a variety of summer staples such as espadrilles and driving loafers brightened the mood in neon green, blue and yellow shades. Other models included two-toned derbies, bucks, loafers and monks in a subtle off-whitish shade, perfectly in tune with the seasonal color palette. On top of the sheer beauty and attention to detail, there’s always a small reflection of its founder’s personality in each of these shoes, as I could attest after going through the collection with Mr. Marc Hare himself. Definitely one of the most charismatic designers I’ve met to date, it’s hard not to be influenced by his overall good mood, wit and humour; plus, he’s passionate about Portugal as well so what’s there not to like?
Ph: Beyond Fabric @ Pitti Uomo
Yuketen SS14 Pitti Preview
Paramount quality and authenticity are the most common denominators that come to mind when talking about Yuketen. Built upon the premises of delivering unique artisanal craftsmanship, Yuki Matsuda’s label has become a worldwide reference for all those seeking the highest standards in footwear. Crafted solely by skillful and experienced artisans, its unique take on both classic and trademark models, merge a variety of influences that makes each pair unique. The upcoming SS14 collection carries on an array of updated classics such as boat shoes, loafers and mocs, as well as new features such as jagged rubber soles for added comfort and a unique feel. I wouldn’t dare to choose a favourite, but I must say those whole-cut slip-ons definitely caught my eye…
Daniele Ruffa SS13 Collection
Italian quality handcrafted shoes