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Berluti: The Art of The Shoe

Since it was established in 1895 by Italian Alessandro Berluti, the brand has consistently showcased the art of exceptional craftmanship and beautiful shoes. Berluti, a Parisian footwear and accessories fashion house was formed around a simple notion: The lace-up shoe. With a carpentry background, Alessandro Berluti first discovered the craft of shoemaking in his home town of Senigallia, Italy by making friends with a local master shoemaker and applied his carpentry skills to the intricate wood carving that was then required. It wasn’t until a later love affair with Paris that he began to hone his skills. It was here in the City of Light that Berluti set up his own bootmaking workshop, to craft shoes for wealthy men who were not only connoisseurs but also extremely exacting clients. In 1895 Alessandro Berluti created a revolutionary new lace-up shoe for men, the Alessandro. The unusual design focused on a single piece of leather with no visible stitching, smooth and supple as a leather glove. Defying both time and fashion, this iconic shoe, the first under the Berluti name, became the foundation of the House style.

Fast forward several generations and Berluti is not only a house-hold name in the luxury goods market but an innovator and leader in the fashion world. Boutiques span New York, London, Paris and Dubai. Berluti collections are the highest quality ready to wear footwear, IMG_0008-5best known for their exceptional leather, the expertise and techniques used previously solely for bespoke shoes are now evident in the RTW range making this unquestionable luxury accessible to all. Well those with deep pockets.

Berluti’s reputation owes much to the Venezia leather specially developed by and for the company. This leather is the result of years of research and its formula is a jealously guarded secret. Perfected and nurtured by Berluti, it introduced colour into a world of men’s footwear largely once confined to standard black and brown, with bordeaux as the ultimate extravagance.

In this regard, Berluti’s reputation owes much to the Venezia leather specially developed by and for the company. Th11-ANTOINE-01is leather is the result of years of research and its formula is a jealously guarded secret. One of the features of this unique leather is the depth and transparency of its patina. Perfected and nurtured by Berluti, it introduced color into a world of men’s footwear largely confined to black and brown, with bordeaux as the ultimate experience.

The house of Berluti has since expanded into other avenues such as ready to wear garments and accessories, all staying true to the elegant luxury that has maintained its unprecedented reputation. The Spring / Summer 2015 collection has a sports couture feel, traditional savoir-faire and craftsmanship have been fused with innovative technical materials for lighter garments , perfect for the hot weather. It’s as if menswear has been reinvented: authentic, yet utterly contemporary. 

However, let’s look at where it all began, the Alessandro. It’s more than just a shoe, as Berluti will tell you given half the chance. The Alessandro is a sign of good taste, of class, of a gentlemanly demeanor. It’s simply not for your average Joe. The refined style is unlike any other in the marketplace, it’s an exclusive innovation of the era in which it was created. With no visible stitching, the purity of the lines are so perfect , it’s an architectural masterpiece. Dramatic ? Yes. Deserved ? Definitely. The model has travelled through time, each reinvention a vision of the firm’s creative directors so by buying into Berluti, you’re buying into history.

www.berluti.com

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