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Rivolta in Milan

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Naturlaut II, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Naturlaut II

    Naturlaut II Senior member

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    Tried Rivolta recently. I first read about it from permanentstyle's blog and paid the shop a visit. The setup was interesting, to say the least, as it was smack in the middle of the fashion district (across from D&G on via Spiga) with an equally modern but well organized shop, displaying some old shoes and tools along with some new samples.

    The owner (?) is a nice lady who runs the shop with her niece. She was there when I visited and assisted in the entire process. First was the design of the shoe, which was done on a large touch screen where I was shown the exact style and color of the shoe in real time. I was a little confused in the beginning as I thought I was designing the shoe from scratch. Apparently you have to limit your creativity to what the program offers, but there were more than plenty to work on. I selected a Norvegian in green suede. Most of the models are more classically Italian (read: NOT Stefano Branchini or Berluti) and if you play your cards right there are quite a number of very elegant models.

    The shoes, as far as I could skim information while I was there, were made in collaboration with Stefano Bemer - or at least the same factory that also makes the ready-made models for Bemer. I don't know how things are after Bemer left. In any case, the fitting process came next, where I had to put my feet, one at a time, in a scanner and scanned three times each. A computer is connected to it and a couple minutes later I saw my measurements on the screen. They will be made into resin lasts.

    It will take 5, 6 weeks to complete the shoe. Even though, in all fairness, I have never receive the same, identical fitting from different shoemakers, I wonder whether computer will really be more 'accurate'. JM Weston used to have a similar system years ago but the project was abandoned. As of this moment, I don't think many had tried Rivolta yet.

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  2. Naturlaut II

    Naturlaut II Senior member

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    Just received an email that my shoes will be ready in mid-Feb! Will be back for review and pics.
     


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    comrade Senior member

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    The last shoe is beautiful.
     




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    They had a trunk show in Hong Kong last year, and I think they also have a "office" in HK.
     
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  5. Naturlaut II

    Naturlaut II Senior member

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    Yes, I have since met with other people of the team but I haven't visited the showroom in Hong Kong yet. My shoes were supposed to be ready but I think there is a bit of delay and mid-Feb was the last update I heard from them. I think this is still a very artisanal company so I rather enjoy the personal touch. I also had lunch after the fitting with the owner lady while in Milan and it was then I realized they worked with Stefano Bemer.
     


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    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Nice to see you posting again.
     


  7. Naturlaut II

    Naturlaut II Senior member

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    I'll be back in HK for a couple of concerts in March and am thinking of putting together an event with Rivolta - since my shoes should be due around then. How's the showroom there? You don't think they can fit a piano in there, do you? Let me know if there's meetup in HK coming up.
     


  8. bengal-stripe

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    You’ll need a pretty big space to fit 308 cm (10 ft 2 in) of grand piano:

    http://www.fazioli.com/en/pianoforti/model/f308
     


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