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