A couple of weeks ago I attended the Collaborative at Louis, Boston, their annual show. It had far fewer vendors than in years past, though two new shoe additions were noteworthy. Mr. Harris was there with Vass. I favor a pointier shoe and their new "U" last is a total winner. It manages to be elegant and refined, while still having an edgy quality. Bravo. There was also a new kid on the block, Bontoni. This is a third generation operation with the grandson trying to expand the brand. They have beautiful shoes but (literally) no distribution. (You can find but one picture on www.bontoni.com) Think undiscovered gem. Louis is famous for finding these companies and they added Bontoni to the show only days before. I chatted up the new management team and they really could use help in finding the right shoe shops and haberdasheries to appreciate and sell their fine line. They showed Blake stitched shoes, but also do Goodyear, tirolese, Bentivegna and "a sacchetto" construction. (Don't ask.) They had edgy and conservative cuts, and showed some pretty nice antiquing. 1)\tSO, IF YOU WERE LOOKING TO BUY SOME NEW HIGH-END KICKS, WITH MANTELLASSI QUALITY AND GREAT FINISH, WHERE WOULD YOU GO SHOPPING? 2)\tDO YOU CARE ENOUGH ABOUT GOODYEAR VS. THE OTHER CONSTRUCTIONS, IF THE SHOE IS STILL WELL-MADE AND FINISHED? NOTE: I have zero economic interest in the outcome or with Bontoni. I am just trying to help some nice people add some beautiful shoes to our choices....and learn about great shops I should visit.
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5/25/04 at 10:28am