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

Proud to Present: Nylo

Nylo (Nee-Lo) was created in 2009 by the Nardini family in Florence, Italy. This Tuscan family, with a passion for artisan shoe-making has over 50 years of hands on experience. The project was given birth when father and son decided to create a line of shoes that did not put limits on their creativity, yet targets a particular niche for artisan footwear.

Son, Federico is the visionary and stylist of the brand. Rinaldo, his father, is the “Maestro”. He has the experience of creating shoes and accessories entirely by hand. The Nylo philosophy is to create products using the “ancient” or “old world” techniques that the small towns of Florence have produced for over a century. These shoes are created with the cosmopolitan consumer in mind. Federico is influenced by fashion trends, his travels, and the diverse cultures from around the globe. He mixes these influences with strong artisan traditions to create a unique and inspiring collection.

You get the sense that Nylo represents Federico’s nomadic journey searching for his roots in the Italian shoe-making tradition.

How MOMA makes shoes

For all the MOMA fans and shoe lovers out there, if you haven’t already, you must check out this video. This is an inside look at how MOMA shoes are made, by hand, in their Italy headquarters. The video is amazing as a short film, beautifully edited, with a focus for detail , and topped off with an excellent soundtrack.

MOMA – Midnight Over My Actions from SUGARKANE studio on Vimeo.

New MOMA spring styles have recently arrived for men and women. Here is a little preview for all the MOMA lovers out there. Visit our website, or stop by our store to see more of our new spring shoes.

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MOMA 13208 Pull On Boot for Men in Grigio

MOMA 35208 at re-souLMOMA 35203 Ankle Boot for Women

Other new springs styles from MOMA are:
> MOMA 33208 Oxford for Women
> MOMA 48205 Boot for Women
> MOMA 13207 Relaxed Dress Shoe for Men
> MOMA 19201 Oxford for Men
> MOMA 20201 Desert Boot for Men

We have received a lot of new shoes recently, and we will keep you updated through our facebook and our blog. So be sure to keep an eye on re-souL!