There are many craftsmen in the world, many extremely skilled in their labour. For those who reach a higher level still, with their work bordering or even becoming art, there is a more suitable term: Artisan.
This word has become somewhat overused during the last couple of years, labeling every skilled worker as an artisan. Still, there are some examples of true artisans, or artigiani as they Italians say. Riccardo “Freccia” Bestetti is one of them.
The shoes that Riccardo make are nothing short of pieces of art, expertly handcrafted to the highest standards of craftsmanship and quality. The detailing and the distinctive and elegant lasts truly set a pair of Bestetti shoes apart from the competition.
We had the honour of Riccardo visiting us at SPIGA 3 during the first of March for an exclusive trunk show, were our customers had the opportunity to purchase bespoke, semi-bespoke and MTO shoes from the legend himself.
Wonderful shoes from the Bestetti Novecento line. They Novecento line are shoes that are made to bespoke standards, but instead of full bespoke Riccardo adjusts an existing last to accommodate the shape of your foot. You can order Bestetti Novecento via SPIGA 3.
Riccardo himself, surrounded by somewhat awe inspired shoe lovers.
Our dear friend Andreas, who is the editor of Manolo.se, being measured for semi-bespoke shoes.
Examining the finishing and detailing on a pair of Novecento Maverick adelaides.
Bestetti’s signature model - The Gladiator oxford on the elegant classic square last.
Riccardo measuring Andreas for Novecento semi-bespoke.
Some amazing detailing on the sole and waist of a pair of Novecento Mavericks.
Refreshments from Fondberg - Our co-host for the evening. The guests were offered drinks from Birra Italia, Tattinger etc. All from Fondberg’s selection of excellent beverages.
Our friend Erika, brand manager for Birra Italia at Fondberg, discussing the character of the drink with a guest.
Later this spring, we will get our first delivery with Riccardo Freccia Bestetti RTW, that will be offered both in our brick-and-mortar store as well as online.
All pictures by Milad Abedi
Riccardo Freccia Bestetti at SPIGA photograph by Milad Abedi
Some fantastic collar roll on this OCBD from Poggianti. This family run company has been making fine shirts in Forcoli, just outside of Pisa, for over 50 years.
Vi har nöjet att meddela att en av världens absolut främsta hantverkare kommer att besöka oss i butiken. Riccardo Bestetti anses av många vara en världens i särklass bästa skomakare, med en kvalitet och ett hantverk få tillverkare ens kommer i närheten av.
Under lördagen den 1 mars kommer Riccardo att finnas i butiken och Ni har möjlighet att träffa honom för att beställa bespoke-, Novecento- (semibespoke-) samt MTO-skor av allra högsta klass. I samband med eventet kommer ni även kunna förhandsboka något av de par vi får in i vårt sortiment senare under våren.
Under kvällen kommer vi att ha ett exklusivt event i butiken med lite dryck och tilltugg, där ni får chansen att diskutera skor med likasinnade och en möjlighet att träffa Riccardo lite närmare.
Anmälan till kvällseventet sker via mail till email@example.com
Vi ser fram emot att möta er där!
New arrivals from Salvatore Piccolo
Salvatore Piccolo is a small Neapolitan maker of fine, handmade shirts and accessories.
Salvatore is trained as a bespoke shirt tailor, and his bespoke services still make up a substantial portion of the company’s business. With a background in bespoke, Salvatore Piccolo makes his RTW shirts to the same specification, with details such as hand attached collars, sleeves inserted by hand, shoulder seams and of course handmade buttonholes.
The cotton blouson
This staple in the italian man’s wardrobe is a great piece for layering. Wear it as a sweater with a nice t-shirt underneath, under a sport coat, or why not as a warm weather jacket.
Whatever you choose, you’ll look great.
These beauties are from Eleventy, and will soon be available online.