Mr. Hare AW14 Pitti Preview
Although the next edition of Pitti draws near, there’s still enough time to check some of last edition’s highlights. One of my mandatory stops at the fair is Mr. Hare: outstanding footwear and an amazing staff just do it for me. It’s always a pleasure talking to Mr. Marc Hare about the latest collection and just embracing his passion as he goes over ever little detail.
Revolving around the iconic trademark black the brand is known for, it’s virtually impossible not to find a pair you instantly fall in love with. Each model exudes sheer luxury, resorting to high-end materials and craftsmanship techniques, to portray a wide selection ranging from sneakers and moccasins to oxfords, brogues, boots and slippers. A perfectly balanced mix of casual and classic, this collection sees some new designs come to life such as the “invisible stitch” oxfords and an array of accessories with contrasting high shine leather accents.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
Purificacion Garcia AW13 Lookbook
Once again the spanish brand delivers a solid collection of menswear essentials, staying true to its deeply rooted philosophy. A well balanced mix of casual/formal garments with attention to construction, fit and detail.
Weekend Attire Details:
Gingham short sleeve shirt - MTO
Cream Cargo pants - CAMO
Tasseled suede slippers - Farfalla
Straw hat - street vendor
Tortoise Wayfarers - Ray-Ban
Striped tie - Purificacion Garcia
Watch - Gucci
Braided leather and cotton belt - Massimo Dutti
Bracelets - Add-On
Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
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…
Farfalla Tasseled Suede Slippers
During my last visit to Pitti I was fortunate enough to bump into Farfalla’s showroom while roaming through the amazing garment-filled spaces. The thing that immediately caught my eye when faced with the outstanding handcrafted slippers and loafers, was the array of available colors and patterns in luxurious suede, velvet and canvas. There was something special about its unique mix of classic models with bold, up to date detailing and colors. A few months and emails later, they were kind enough to send me a pair of suede slippers from their upcoming SS13 collection which landed at my door just last week.
The best part about the whole process, besides knowing I would be getting an amazingly crafted pair of shoes, was the fact I had no idea which model they would choose: call it an early ‘Xmas gift. Needless to say I was blown away after opening that box: smooth suede uppers in rich green, with braided leather and suede tassels… couldn’t have chosen them better myself. Quality is visible in all the materials used, with the leather lined interiors and soft insoles providing a comfortable, lightweight feel.
I’ve been eagerly waiting for the rain to go away so I can sport them in all their elegance, but until then I’ll just have to wait…
Farfalla SS13 Preview - Pitti Uomo
Italian brand Farfalla has been producing quality handmade footwear since 1955. Sharing their love for slippers, the Raffaeli family has been passing on the shoemaking tradition and company values through generations, up until Stefano and Nicola current managers and the family’s third generation. Presenting some solid models for SS13 in woven leather, velvet and suede, as well as a few bolder ones sporting multicolored patchworks, design and tradition come together in the best possible way…