Lots by Berluti at Sotheby's
Alessandro Berluti put his name on the Maison’s first pair of shoes over 120 years ago. From the very beginning, Berluti has stood apart through its unique combination of technical skill and creative flair, firmly grounded in bespoke savoir-faire. Although some things have changed with the times, that artisan spirit remains the same. For every new chapter in its history, Berluti continues to challenge the boundaries of craftsmanship and to transform the rules of style.
According to traditional etiquette, a gentleman should not wear brown shoes after 6 o'clock in the evening – but black ones. But what about yellow, purple or green? In the 1980s, Olga Berluti defied the colour rule by inventing the Berluti patina. No longer were men confined to black or brown. Berluti introduced shoes in a wide array of colours, a style feature that has been a House trademark ever since. Produced by hand by expert colourists, the technique gives the shoes distinctive colours, vibrant with life. The patinas also add a distressed appearance, creating an impression of leather that has evolved over time.
The key to the unique patinas of Berluti is Venezia leather. This exclusive material owes its existence to the genius of Olga Berluti who first developed it using natural and mineral tanning. This process results in supple leather that makes it possible to bring forth colours of unusual depth and permits all kinds of creative audacity. In addition to Venezia leather, bespoke and special order options of ostrich, alligator, shark, lizard and shagreen are available. All rare leathers are selected according to strict rules for preservation of the species.