Barbanera

A Stylish man doesn’t have to be “trendy”.

A shoe tells the world who you are and, alone, it can change the way a man presents himself.

A well dressed man with ugly shoes is nothing but a man with ugly shoes.

A Stylish man doesn’t have to be “trendy”. He doesn’t care about trends, he gets noticed for his uniqueness and elegance.
These are the convictions behind the project Barbanera, started in 2011 by two couples of brothers.

Although coming from very different working backgrounds (a rock musician, an advertising executive for luxury brands and two entrepreneurs) they share the passion for hand crafted shoes and the conviction that style is something that you can only recognise once you see it and it  has nothing to do with temporary fashion.

Each one of these four partners contributed with his personal taste for the creation of a unique collection of gentlemens shoes with a strong twist, which can be “dandy” as well as “classic” thanks to the design and  dedicated selection of materials and colours.

Inspiration comes from the real dandies from the past, jazz music, rock’n’roll/blues musicians, writers, painters, artists, all people with strong characters, that used to change and influence what surrounded them instead of being influenced by. People that decided to risk and to create trends, instead of following them. The name of each model of the collection is a good example of that.

Philosophy | No Compromise.

The idea behind Barbanera is to create  high quality and timeless shoes with NO COMPROMISE, thanks to a combination of tradition, precious leathers, true creative harmony and unsurpassed Italian craftsmanship.

Usually, there is a distinction between good classic shoes made by old shoemakers and “cool” shoes made by fashion brands. The first ones are not so “fancy” but made with very high quality. The other ones are captivating but not so good in terms of quality.
With Barbanera, this distinction doesn’t exist. Every kind of model (classic, dandy, rock’n’roll) got the same (high) quality.

A shoe never lies.

They’re not only good looking shoes, but durable, thanks to the great care for details and for finishing. Great design, with a great quality. That epitomizes the philosophy of the brand.

Comfort and uniqueness are guaranteed by the carefully chosen leather and materials, the “Goodyear” welting process, the care for details.

Following the success of the shoes, in 2017 Barbanera launches the first apparel and accessories collection. Shirts, jacket, tshirts, scarves, hats are totally made in Italy utilizing the best fabrics available, with the typical “Barbanera style”: a mixture between sartorial, country and “rock’n’roll” elements. Cool and timeless at the same time. Like the real modern gentleman style should be.

The Italian Gentleman By Hugo Jacomet.

About This Book.

In the world of fashion, Italy is the Mount Everest of men's style. London
may have Savile Row, Paris its luxury industries, and New York Madison
Avenue, but none possesses the true essence of Italian elegance. Beyond
its global fashion brands, the soul of Italian style is found in the
workshops and boutiques of the established masters and artisans who for
generations have created the finest menswear on the planet.

Industry insider and respected sartorialist Hugo Jacomet is one of
Europe's most knowledgeable commentators on men's fashion. This lavish
guide is the result of over two years spent traveling the length and
breadth of Italy, from the foothills of the Alps to the islands of Sicily,
documenting the craftsmanship behind Italy's most elegant gentlemen. From
Renaissance fabric mills to the world-famous sartorias, from international
brands to family-run businesses, over fifty houses from across the country
are celebrated for their unique style and commitment to upholding timeless
Italian traditions. Exquisite photographs by Lyle Roblin, commissioned
specially for this book, reveal the passion and zeal of the country's finest fabric
merchants, tailors, producers and boutique-owners.

This richly illustrated journey uncovers the rarely seen producers of true
Italian style, essential reading for the modern gentleman and all those
who appreciate the beauty of a bespoke suit, the quality of a hand-welted
shoe, the luxury of hand-made gloves, or the flamboyant panache of a
seven-fold silk tie.

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