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July 10, 2017

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Barbanera Sale & New Women’s Line

For those of you that may have missed it the few times that I have written about it, Barbanera who once only took MTO orders now has a website that sells RTW stock and much of it is currently on sale. I am particularly fond of the Balzac double monk, as shown above, for its intricate strap design. Not to mention I am a super fan of black suede, a material that sadly is not […]

November 8, 2016

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Barbanera Launches Online Shop

After several years of making MTO shoes via mail order, Barbanera has finally hit the big time and opened up their first online shop with an extensive Ready to Wear stock offering. Therefore, you no longer need to wait a few months to get a pair of Barbanera shoes, that is of course, you still want to participate in the MTO offering. I am very happy for them too as I have been telling them […]

October 28, 2016

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Like Canvas? Like Spectators? Barbanera ‘Marinetti’ is Your Answer

From Barbanera’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Italia’ collection for S/S17, which is an ode to the times of Totò, Mastroianni and the likes of great Italian cinematography and style alike, we find the Marinetti: a canvas spectator done differently. From sharp curves,  diamond shaped caps and brogueing sitting atop eachother, the Marinetti definitely presents something different to your typical canvas spectator. And that is what I love about the Barbanera bros. Aside from being […]

August 14, 2016

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Suede Shoes – The Big Misconception

Why is it that so many men are afraid to buy suede shoes for fear of ruining them? Suede is just like any other leather. If you treat it well, it will last a long time, if you don’t maintain it, it will get ruined!! But it’s not guaranteed that if you live in a rainy place you are automatically going to ruin your suede shoes, as one might think. You would just as easily […]

June 6, 2016

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Barbanera ‘Once upon a time in Italia’ collection – Sneak Peek

Barbanera has a new collection soon coming out titled ‘Once Upon A Time In Italia.’ While I won’t divulge too much on what that means as the official launch of it is not until their display at Pitti Uomo (in the main pavilion, lower level), I can say that the idea of this collection is very nice indeed, especially for those that truly understand Italian culture and heritage. And from the sneak peek that I […]

February 4, 2016

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Barbanera – Nero is the New Black

  There has been a long time push for the idea of wearing more shoes outside the monotonous shade of black, a push that was most definitely supported by myself. But this push had not so much to do with boycotting the color itself but rather to get people to realize that formality’s sake, one could venture out and wear brown, blue or various shades of burgundy when it came to their footwear. With that […]