words/images Judith Ecochard
Fratelli Rossetti, an Italian luxury brand -is still family-owned and operated---and, as such...is 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 tones...as delicate as lace...in a way.
|Peep toe, stacked platform pump ---flower/clover laser cut design. Classic.|
|oversized satchels...in a saddle leather neutral color---|
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 oxfords...in pretty pale tones with classic perforations|
|hobo bag---perfect size for everyday hauling|
|a mix-up of a Mary Jane buckle and loafer---perforated leather in fun colors|
|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....
|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|
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...
|added twist on a classic oxord...made to wear as a slip-on with no laces. Love.|
|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 footwear...as 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.