Sunday, September 23, 2012

FRATELLI ROSSETTI SPRING/SUMMER 2013 Men's/Women's Shoes, Sandals, Handbags: Media Review

 Jack Studios/NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

Fratelli Rossetti, an Italian luxury brand -is still family-owned and operated---and, as the epitome of a high-end leather goods company that manages tradition very well----including the new tradition (we hope)...of previewing its footwear and handbag collections for invited media- right before the start of NY Fashion week.

perforated leather and suede...key look for Spring 2013. We hope there is a matching jacket!

This outing showcased a major Spring/Summer 2013 style trend that we love...laser cut leather or suede---here done in neutral delicate as a way.

The plush satchel is wait-list worthy--- with bold/functional zippers. The stacked platforms, oxford flats or Victorian lace-ups, tasseled loafers...(feminine takes on mens footwear)--- are all just beautiful and an elegant way to add an exclamation point to any work or casual ensemble.

Peep toe, stacked platform pump ---flower/clover laser cut design. Classic.

oversized a saddle leather neutral color---
Fratelli Rossetti is famous for many 60's era design break-throughs for footwear. The company's deep archive of classic designs still inspires 21st century shoes-including the always modern tasseled Brera Moccasin...that is updated for this Spring in pretty pastel and deeper hues--- in a female version too.

Though partial to higher heels ourselves, we find that wearing interesting flats...or nearly so---with fun twists on traditional elements---and in feminine colors...more practical for running around NYC.

LOVE-the Fratelli Rossetti gold tasseled, two tone loafers with a brogue are so chic...we can see these being the go-to slip-on for Spring. And as with the men's...the hand crafted components of each shoe-that takes many hours to make--- are exceptional.

patent leather pretty pale tones with classic perforations

hobo bag---perfect size for everyday hauling
Traditional lace-up silhouettes get an added kick with multi-colored leather colors in complimentary tones.

a mix-up of a Mary Jane buckle and loafer---perforated leather in fun colors 

Punch out details...are all done by hand in the Parabiago, Italy factory.

Love-the unstructured satchels with sturdy adjustable shoulder straps...just stunning...with inner compartments, inside zipped pockets---

traditional briefcase in a bright coral orange/ red....with leather thongs---

Flip flops get polished when made from leather---and embellished with flower or metal buckle. As office wear becomes more casual in general---these kind of shoes are becoming acceptable to wear in work settings...though maybe not when visiting the White House.

stacked platform sandal---ankle strap and metal ornament...will make a lot of editors very happy when it delivers.

even the embossed logo---has hand stitched detail

Side cut-outs give a tasseled loafer a summery profile...with a side back ankle buckle.

Boat shoe kind of side stitching...soft pastel suede and leather

Wedges are color blocked...with perforated leather edging....

Woven leathers get a rainbow worthy makeover here---in saturated colors....

rafia trim

On the casual side....Fratelli Rossetti One adds sporty details to everyday bright neon ropes instead of leather trims/laces....

canvas type of fabric inserts in a white leather penny (lira) loafer...

fold them up and pack-away till another day---pretty ballerinas

a pop of yellow outsoles....equestrian buckles....comfy insoles---a slip-on one can wear all day
Red never got so much attention on a classic shoe...we love these---and would wear on the golf course if they came with soft spikes...

The outsoles are distinct with these bold colors---and very cushioning...are all day comfortable.


More and more, men's footwear is busting out in all colors of the rainbow...with traditional styles getting a palette push via inventive outsole tones.

Fratelli Rossetti took the archival favorites and tweaked them a bit...most notably in the traditional styles that look great with all of these colors. Most guys we know still wear tees, polos....with jeans or khakis in neutral tones...but will take a chance with their footwear.

two tone classic oxfords...and boat shoe profiles in leather-with a metal eyelet ---all non-marking outsoles (of course)

Blue---in teal, cobalt---as trim or taking center stage...

The lace-less look has been round on sneaker styles for years. Fratelli Rossetti's leather version---with hand applied vegetable dyes responsible for the rich patina of each shoe---are exceptional and we think will be very popular.
added twist on a classic oxord...made to wear as a slip-on with no laces. Love.

Woven leathers in several styles and deeper hues...more complicated than at first meets the eye---as the leather strips are sometimes perforated for textural interest ...

cap toe is braided by hand--mixed textures...very clever

hand made-woven leather upper details is part of the leather upper-not added on. Hand stitched---a handsome shoe 

Traditional Fratelli Rossetti styles-monk strap, slip-ons in suede and leather...

Can wear these sock less...unlined leather is very pliant and breathable with an inner band=hand stitched upper buckle in leather...nice. Olive suede great tone/texture

The terry cloth lined, Yacht collection (men and women)--- is new...with a moisture absorbing interior ...and non-marking rubber outsoles...terrific!
mustard yellow-a color we saw in a lot of a trim-or solid

feminine shoes...sporty nautical slip-ons to wear even if one does't raise the sails

FYI: Fratelli Rosseti has many styles of leather outwear pieces---that are as exactingly made as their footwear and satchels/handbags.