Shades of Grey SS14 Lookbook
PG - Blogging My City #3
What better place to get lost and wander for hours than Porto’s Botanical Garden? Materializing an “Alice in Wonderland” universe, this massive garden features some of the most amazing sights the city has to offer, all while putting you in close contact with nature. The idyllic space is perfect to clear your mind from the drudgery of everyday life, allowing you to get in touch with your thoughts, relax, meditate or even work in a unique environment.
Lush areas filled with bushes and trees alternate with floral mazes and barren land thriving with cacti and amazing greenhouses. All in all, this garden is a one-of-a-kind experience that ultimately feels intoxicating and makes you want to come back for more, be it for its serenity or the uncanny feeling of realizing just how insignificant we are when gazing at some of the majestic trees that populate the space.
Picking up one of my favourite pieces of the season, a timeless suede bomber jacket, this look is one I can see myself wearing over and over. The sheer versatility of the jacket allows endless variations of the portrayed ensemble, exchanging the shirt and v-neck for a simple fitted tee, or the worn-out blue jeans by a white counterpart or chinos. The vibrant orange adds extra flare and Summery vibe, contrasting with the inner chambray lining on the jacket and picking on the orange highlights on the boat shoes.
Details: suede bomber jacket, white oxford shirt, orange v-neck sweater and suede boat shoes by Purificacion Garcia.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
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.
Yuketen x Inventory Marcel Oxford
Taka Hayashi x Vans Vault SS14 Chimayo
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
Buttero AW14 Pitti Preview
Another visit to the Buttero stand was enough to remind me just why I love these guys so much…and also to start putting some savings aside. This time around I had the honor of meeting the head of the family, the godfather himself: Mr. Mauro Sani, founder of Buttero and father of the current generation running the business (Luca, Massimiliano and Claudio). I was also fortunate to bump into my friends from Por Vocação, who helped set the stand, which besides a massive wooden rocking-horse, featured small windows into Tuscan landscapes, working as miniature showrooms for each model.
A refreshing array of new models filled the stand, including two-toned brogues mixing contrasting elements such as leather and suede, as well as new sneakers, derbies and boots, always with that trademark Buttero feel. Old favourites such as the low and hi-top Taninos are back in new colorways and materials, namely a uniquely finished suede, while paraboots were an inspiration for some of the beautiful, bulkier lasts.
Belstaff AW14 Collection
Paying tribute to the British motorcycle riders of the 1956 International Six Day Trial Race, Belstaff delivers a collection strongly marked by the racing universe. Statement pieces evoke elements of protection and performance, making use of different materials and textures such as leather, suede, shearling, fur or waxed cotton.