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February 20, 2017

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London Super Trunk 2017 – Brand Showcase #1 – Barbanera

The Barbanera brand was launched around 4 years ago by two Italian pairs of brothers coming from a very diverse background, from Rock ‘n Roll singer, to marketing extraordinaire, to business owner who has created products we use in everyday life. The brand was created to make classic shoes with a twist but that is only a fraction of the sentiment behind the brands essence which you might be able to see in the pictures […]

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 […]

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 […]

November 4, 2015

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Barbanera – The Review

Let me start off by saying that the pictures in this post don’t do the boots justice. It was with my old camera and in a place with terrible lighting. In hindsight, I should have taken them all outside. Nevertheless, here is the review of my first pair of Barbanera boots. I had taken receipt of these Kerouac boots at the beginning of the this year, having only got to wear them a couple of […]

May 12, 2015

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Options by Barbanera

I have always believed that the more options that you give someone to look at, the more likely they will be able to make a choice (on the rare occasion they get confused). That goes for a RTW stock or even showing samples for taking an MTO order. To be quite frank, from my experience, most men (not all, simply most) can’t picture something in their head and then choose it. More often than not, […]

March 19, 2015

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Barbanera Strikes Again!

  I never get tired of a two tone shoe/boot/slipper/moccasin whatever it may be! One color is nice, but two is always better in my opinion. It just sets the tone for something a bit more original. While the classic spectator, shown here by Barbanera, is nothing immaculately different the derby boot on the other hand in navy and what looks like extremely light grey suede, is simply sublime. That is something you wont see […]

February 27, 2015

My Time in Milan

In the hopes of always trying new things and getting better products to make my shoes with, I went to Milan for the bi-annual Lineapelle leather fair and am currently still here. As luck would have it, I came down with a cold the day before leaving and still havent shaken it off. Travelling while ill definitely takes the fun out of it, but at least it’s just a cold and not a fever! Like […]

A Week On Instagram

Not sure how many of you are actually on Instagram, but for those of you that are not, here are some of the pictures that I have shared in the last week. For those of you on IG and not yet following, do find me at both @theshoesnob84 and @jfitzpatrickfootwear