Fiorentini + Baker is a brand that was established in 2001. It’s creator and designer Deborah Baker moved to Bologna, Italy to set up a studio to design a collection of shoes that would be understated and have a low key attitude.
Eighteen years later the F+B brand is still going strong due to their timeless classics and attention to quality. The constructions are hardy and substantial. Tuscan leather uppers and Goodyear welt soles make the styles last and last, season after season, and year after year. Not being a slave to the current fashion trends, the philosophy is simple – create styles that can be worn everyday, put-away and forgotten about, only to be rediscovered and worn again.
re-souL has been carrying the collection for 15 years, and we personally wear them ourselves. We can attest to the longevity of wear and the comfort that makes these shoes so very special. To see the current collection, click here for women and here for men.
One day, a year ago last Fall, owner Maggie found herself walking back to her B&B in Milan after attending a shoe trade show. She needed an afternoon of decompressing. Shopping the storefronts of the neighborhood seemed like a good way to relax before heading off to dinner.
She walked into a gift shop called Brandstorming where she found locally made gifts and jewelry by Milanese artisans. After buying a necklace she asked the shop owner about the designer and would she be willing to contact Cado on Maggie’s behalf. The shop owner obliged and the next thing you know, Maggie had scheduled herself an appointment for the next day. Continue reading
We believe in taking care of your leather, and so does Chris Chase of Otter Wax. For years, we avoided selling shoe care products because of the sometimes harmful and toxic ingredients that go into them. When carrying beautiful handcrafted leather shoes made with vegetable tanned leather, you want to be sure that you’re using agreeable leather care products that will benefit the shoe.
When we met Chris at a trade show in 2012, we were so excited! We knew his shoe care line would be the right fit for our shop. Four years later, we are continuing to sell Otter Wax!
Otter Wax knows that quality must not be rushed. Their all natural products are formulated and handmade in Portland, Oregon, demonstrating a commitment to making items that are pure, honest, and effective.
Don’t worry, no otters were harmed in the making of these Otter Wax products! The name was inspired by the natural protective qualities of an otter’s coat. Chris and his team believe that Mother Nature has given them all the tools to create shoe care products for everyday life. They use all natural plant-based ingredients from sustainable sources that offer the least amount of environmental impact, and do not ever test their products on animals. In addition to having all their products packaged by hand, Otter Wax requires each of its suppliers to be socially responsible and meet the highest quality standards.
We are proud to carry Otter Wax in our re-souL shop and online. We hope you will love this line as much as we do! If you have any questions about the processes behind using Otter Wax products to maintain you leather, check out the video below.
Or, even better, join us at re-souL this Saturday, November 19th from 4-6pm for a special event with Chris Chase, founder of Otter Wax! Chris will be doing demos to teach proper leather care techniques using Otter Wax products. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an Otter Wax gift basket, featuring a range of their all-natural products, and receive a gift with purchase when you come to the event. We’d love to see you!
re-souL is proud to present Write Sketch &, a fun collection of notebooks designed by the art directors of Officemilano, Matteo Carrubba and Angela Tomasi. Having a passion for art direction, fashion and design they gave life to Write Sketch & in 2014 and created the Super Collection. It is made up of 5 colored fun and ironic notebooks, full of patterns and hectic expressive geometries. Each side of the cover reproduces a distinctive illustration which is complemented by its opposite side. This way they can be used for multiple purposes.
Their love of printed graphics and obsession for quality is what drove them to make sure the whole production is “Made in Italy”. The notebooks are printed on Fedrigoni paper with Pantone inks. The thread stitched binding provides excellent reinforcement yet flexible enough for each page to open up 180◦ without tearing from the binding. Making it ideal for writing or sketching. We have them available at re-souL in 6×8 inch size or a double set of 4×6 pocket editions. We think the graphics are inspiring and they makes us all really happy to just look at them! We hope you’ll like them too.
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Sometimes you come across a brand that you fall in love with instantly. I remember the first time I saw an Il Bussetto wallet. A customer was at the counter and pulled it out of her handbag. I was immediately smitten and of course had to ask who made her wallet. It took me a couple of months to track it down, but we did and I was so happy to finally find a wallet collection that aligned with the quality of the assortment of shoes we have in the shop. After all, good leather is good leather and we love nothing more than good leather!
So, when I went to Italy last September to buy shoes for the shop, I made sure to schedule an appointment with Il Bussetto at their offices in Milan. I wanted to know more about this brand, where and how these products were made, to find out their story and share it with you. Continue reading
One of the many pleasures of having our shop in Ballard is the times we find an opportunity to interact with our community. We have great restaurants, shops and artists working in our little neighborhood and nearly all the local businesses are owned and operated independently (ok, so we do have a Starbuck’s). We love being acquainted with so many entrepreneurs in our business community. Here’s a great example: We were seeking a resource for a simple wristlet bag for our shop, not a collection but a single item we could stock in many colors. We didn’t have to look far, right around the corner is an artist collective, Fifty Four Sixteen. Inside there is a group of spaces occupied by creative people of many disciplines. One of these creatives is Michelle Pozniak who, among other things, develops “Miishka Handbags”. She makes mostly custom and bespoke bags made from new leather, calfskin, pony hair and repurposed leather garments.
Michelle’s talents go far beyond handbags, one visit to her studio and you’ll be in awe of the eclectic talents of this artist. Pysanka eggs, soaps and blown glass surround the workspace, all of these are created by Michelle. On the walls, creative installations of some ordinary objects, arranged in a way that reflects the artist and the connection to her materials. The vintage machinery (a sewing machine from long ago, a vacuum cleaner that could have been her grandmother’s) are reminders that today’s technology just isn’t necessary. Continue reading