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…
Buttero SS14 Pitti Preview
It’s always a pleasure to meet my friends from Buttero to catch up with their latest developments. This time around, Luca and Massimiliano showed me around the SS14 collection, which besides evolutions on trademark classics such as the Tanino low and high-top, featured an array of new models. Introducing a new type of thicker rubber sole for the boat shoes and chukkas, along with new sneaker models and slippers, the result is a well balanced selection of casual/polished alternatives always maintaining that unique Buttero feel. New materials such as linen were used for the Taninos, while braided leather and supple suede were chosen for slippers, high-tops and chelsea boots. The latter by the way, are already on my wish list…
Much has been said about love brands: those with an uncanny ability to connect with consumers and develop a unique relationship and history. For me, a perfect example is Tuscany based family brand BUTTERO: undoubtedly one of my favourite footwear labels, this is one of the stands I never miss while at Pitti. What can I say? Buttero has earned a special place in my heart, not only due to closely working with it and accompanying its evolution while working back at Por Vocação, but also because simply put, it produces some of the most unique models out there. Resorting to the most luxurious vegetable tanned leathers and remaining true to its origins, there’s a trademark craftsmanship and authenticity in everything they deliver. Stopping by their stand is a treat in every way, not only do I get a glimpse of upcoming creations (which already account for more than half of my shoe collection), but I also get a chance to keep up with my friends Luca, Massimiliano and Don.
Stamp of Approval: Carlos Santos Shoes
As much as you love clothing I believe it comes a time when for most items, a closer look at your wardrobe makes you feel that, for the time being, you’re well set. However, for me, there are a couple of pieces I just can’t seem to get enough of, be it for the desire to continuously increase the amount of possible combinations, or simply because their beauty has taken me over. In my case, I don’t think I could ever settle on the right amount of shoes…
While this is probably one of the classic controversial subjects for most married men, I must say that shoewise, I can definitely understand women. There’s something about shoes that turns them into pure works of art, especially the more you know about the process behind their construction: a handmade quality shoe is nothing shorter than art in its essence. This is why I’m (un)consciously drawn to them and constantly being surprised by new models and brands: one of my latest findings was Portugal’s very own Carlos Santos Shoes.
Established in 1942 and named after its mentor, Carlos Santos has been delivering luxury footwear for men ever since. Combining the finest high grade materials with years of experience and know how, along with an ever-growing desire to surpass customers’ (and their own) expectations, it has grown to be one of the most renowned portuguese shoemakers. Its goal? Deliver the finest luxury footwear, making use of state-of-the-art techniques, all without straying from its roots and core universe. Based of the values of perfection, craftsmanship, tradition and timelessness, Carlos Santos is the perfect example of Portuguese shoemaking excellence, with over 70 years of experience resulting in unique pieces that develop a strong emotional connection with those who wear them. For all this it receives Beyond Fabric’s stamp of approval!
Here’s a small glimpse into its world through the Spring/Summer lookbook.