Il Bussetto

il-bussetto-coin-casesSometimes 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

What do I wear with: Bed Stu “Stand” Boot (Men’s Edition)

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. This week we feature the Bed Stu “Stand”.

What to wear with: BedStu Stand Boot ( Men's edition)

This two-tone boot with lug sole from Bed Stu is more versatile than it would appear.  The color combination of a warm brown and black give it an interesting look without being too showy.  This boot could be worn sporty casual with a hoodie for your weekend off or polish it up a bit with dark jeans and a vest.  Since your feet will look so good, you may want to upgrade your personal accessories with a new eye catching wallet and an “old school” watch.

Featured re-souL items:
Bed Stu “Stand” boot with good-year welt construction, made in Mexico.
J Fold “Roadster” wallet in brown leather.
> Alessi TXC Watch black face with black leather strap

To view the other items featured here and to see more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

re-souL in Italy (pt 4 of 5) : Fiorentini + Baker, Calz. Ormeda

The “Elf” boot, under construction in dark suede.

If you’re familiar with re-souL, you’re probably aware of our shoe collections, many of which are specialty handmade products that we’ve imported. We are often asked about how this happens and while it is not as glamorous as you might imagine, we do travel to Italy twice each year, working to select the products that we feature in the shop. This post is the fourth in a five part series in which we’ll try to describe our trip, the places we go and the people with which we do business. (If you haven’t read the first three parts in the ‘re-souL in Italy’ series, you can catch up here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Beachfront of Civitanova Marche

Friday we awoke to another beautiful day in Civitanova Marche. It was windy on the coast but we were grateful for more sunshine. First on the day’s agenda was a much anticipated visit to Calzaturificio Ormeda.  Ormeda is the factory which produces Fiorentini + Baker, easily one of our most popular product lines.  We took a quick peek at the Ancona coast before we started our drive, taking the SS77 to Montegranaro, then heading up the hill to Monte San Giusto.

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re-souL in Italy (pt. 3 of 5) : Alberto Fasciani

Entrance to the Fasciani Factory, unfinished boots on the last.

Taste, Tenacity and Determination….

If you’re familiar with re-souL, you’re probably aware of our shoe collections, many of which are specialty handmade products that we’ve imported. We are often asked about how this happens and while it is not as glamorous as you might imagine, we do travel to Italy twice each year, working to select the products that we feature in the shop. This post is the third in a five part series in which we’ll try to describe our trip, the places we go and the people with which we do business. ( If you haven’t read the first two parts in the ‘re-souL in Italy’ series, you can catch them here: Part 1, Part 2)

After the drive from Tuscany, through Umbria and into the Marche region we arrived into the small town of Fermo where the Alberto Fasciani product is produced. We were feeling very fortunate to be the guest of Alberto and his lovely wife Romina. Right away we knew that we’d arrived at our destination as the Fasciani emblem was displayed outside the entry of a tall, stately building. Once inside, we were greeted by Romina and escorted into the office of Alberto Fasciani. As a small boutique retailer, we are somewhat humbled as Mr. Fasciani sits with us at his desk and begins to describe his company, the products, the process and his vision.

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