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Riccardo Bestetti Bespoke projects.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Roy, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

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    the jet will be in italy
    tomorrow evening
    so i can't pick you up
    in the states
    ='(

    very....
     
  2. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    the t4page shoe,
    it could be good.
     
  3. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Wow. Simply wow.
     
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  4. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As with most really unique bespoke shoes, not my cup of tea, but still a very impressive piece of craftsmanship.

    What kind of hide is it? Did you skin a baby Godzilla?
     
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  5. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's lizard skin

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?tbm...2.14.5.1.8.0.0.58.266.5.5.0...0.0.S-4dpOD8gok

    We're off to see the Lizard
    The Wonderful Lizard of Oz
    We hear he is a Whiz of a Liz
    If ever a Liz there was
    If ever, oh ever, a Liz there was
    The Lizard of Oz is one because
    Because, because, because, because, because
    Because of the wonderful things he does
    We're off to see the lizard
    The Wonderful Lizard of Oz!
     
  6. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

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    ^
    =D

    iguana more precisely
     
  7. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    So, baby Godzilla was actually pretty close! Enjoy them. Dark green is one of the more useful of the unorthodox shoe colors. One day, I'm going to get myself some green OneShoes . . .

    Also, are you still in touch with Ambrosi? Tell that crook I want my pants or my money back.
     
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  8. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

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    a distant (non radioactive) cousin
    of baby godzilla...

    and i will bring your pants up
    when i see salvatore...
     
  9. meister

    meister Senior member

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    T4 is the split in the middle due to the fact that the iguana skin is small? Why could not Riccardo use a whole piece?
     
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    Your shoes are both impressive and excessive all at once. Wear them in good health! [​IMG]
     
  11. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I could be wrong but I doubt that there is a split. Reptiles such as lizard and gator often have a clear bi-lateral dividing line running down the middle of the belly. More to the point, lizard is pretty thin and a seam down the middle would not only be very fragile but lasting it would expose the threads.

    If the belly was split...I've never seen not heard of the technique.
     
  12. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

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    dwfii is correct
    what you see is the
    bilateral divide of the
    back of the iguana..


    the skin was 'split'
    ie cut at the belly
    to have a whole back
    for the front of the shoe
    eg. hornback
     
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  13. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Again, I could be wrong, but experience tells me that just the opposite occurred--the vamp is belly.

    Most lizards have some sort of crest or ruff along the back--something like the dorsal fin on a fish. Some reptile is cut such that the back is visible--hornback alligator, hornback lizard. But the effect is quite garish and the back tiles quite large and obvious.

    As a result most reptile is cut along the backbone, the hornback tiles removed, and the belly preserved to create the effect seen on these shoes.
     
  14. HansderHund

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    All of these shoes are simply incredible. The man is an artist has a great eye for making something work. Though I personally wouldn't/couldn't wear all of these, I marvel at his techniques.

    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I wanted to contribute. I have a leather motorcycle jacket by Bestetti and it is the heaviest leather jacket I've felt. I don't yet have the motorcycle, but it will come. I thought I'd share a picture:

    Developing a nice patina...
    [​IMG]
     
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    fortunately, we have some talented craftsmen in our country also...
     
  16. HansderHund

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    I agree. I keep up with your Austro-Hungarian shoe thread. I want to get over to Vienna and get a pair made at some point in my life. We are down to a couple of bespoke shoemakers here in Graz. I asked one owner of a shoe store and he said you can still apprentice at a couple of places in Styria. Bespoke tailors, on the other hand, are not hard to find here.
     
  17. T4phage

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    riccardo says it is the back
    he specifically asked for it

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    the last photo shows
    the flatter belly scales



    riccardo is with me right now
    and he is pleased to see
    his jacket.
    he asks if you bought it
    in milan at kd store
    or with confederate motorcycles?
     
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  18. HansderHund

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    That's great! It's from the KD store, but an Italian originally bought it. He never wore it, and offered to sell it to me. I was thrilled at the chance. I had seen his work before, but never jackets. Does he make a lot of motorcycle jackets? I really love the (linen?) lining, the color is great. It's now happily living in Austria waiting for a proper motorcycle trip and it fits like a glove. When did he make it?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Sybll Fawlty with a statement of the bleedin' obvious so???????
     
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  20. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

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    he still makes jackets
    made to order,
    and he says yours
    is horsehide.

    riccardo at pauwmannen amsterdam
    last weekend

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     

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