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I'm going to be in Rome in Febuary. I'd appreciate any suggestions regarding shoe makers. Also, does anyone know where Kiton is located?
Thank you,
John
 

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You're referring to bespoke footwear, I take it?
If not, the bi-annual sales should still be underway in February for RTW.
 

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Originally Posted by johninla
I'm going to be in Rome in Febuary. I'd appreciate any suggestions regarding shoe makers. Also, does anyone know where Kiton is located? Thank you, John
I don't believe there is a freestanding Kiton store in Rome, only Milan, Paris, and New York. EDIT: According to their web site, they also have stores in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Munich, Moscow, and Tokyo - but not Rome.
 

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I might go for bespoke. But as far as RTW, what can you suggest?
 

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Ome has the standard high end shoe shops that you find in Italy. You will find Testoni, Santoni and Lattanzi all in the area below the Spanish Steps. I do not know who else has a free standing shop, but haberdashers such as Eddy Monetti would be a good place to start.
 

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Bespoke: Gatto.

The Roman Shoemaker can do outstanding designs.
 

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Originally Posted by Chris "Italia"
Bespoke: Gatto.

The Roman Shoemaker can do outstanding designs.

Gatto was bought out by Lattanzi sometime this year. I am sure that the quality and prices remain high, but it will be interesting to see what else happens there. I will definitely check it out my next time in Rome.
 

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Originally Posted by iammatt
Gatto was bought out by Lattanzi sometime this year. I am sure that the quality and prices remain high, but it will be interesting to see what else happens there. I will definitely check it out my next time in Rome.


Hmm, I didn't know that. Thanks for the news Matt.

Yes, you really should check out the Gatto shoes (I believe they are only bespoke, not RTW). I am not sure on that, though. But maybe with the Lattanzi branch, it will start it own RTW line.
 

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Originally Posted by iammatt
Gatto was bought out by Lattanzi sometime this year. I am sure that the quality and prices remain high, but it will be interesting to see what else happens there. I will definitely check it out my next time in Rome.

There's a nice interview in the latest issue of Monsieur with two men from Gatto and Sylvano Lattanzi. Lattanzi makes mention that the firm does need to modernize somewhat (they don't have a fax machine or some such statement) but that he primarily bought Gatto so that it would continue to exist as it always has existed. I can scan and post the pages if there's interest.
 

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that would be of great interest to me. what language is it in? as long as it is not japanese, i would love to read it.
 

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Originally Posted by iammatt
that would be of great interest to me. what language is it in? as long as it is not japanese, i would love to read it.

C'est en francais. I'll scan them tomorrow and post.

To the question why he bought Gatto, Lattanzi replies: "Parce que Gatto a une histoire noble. Une histoire authentique et belle, de la bourgeoisie d'il y a une centaine d'annees. Les clients Gatto sont comme au debut du siecle, des personnes raffinees d'une grande elegance naturelle. Il fallait que Gatto continuat d'exister."

When queried about future developments, Lattanzi replies: "...Mon souhait est de laisser les choses comme elle sont. Je n'ai aucun projets. Le temps s'est arrete et cela restera ainsi."

I think you'll agree that their in good hands
 

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Hmm, yes. Gatto is one of the oldest bespoke shoemakers in Italy.
 

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Originally Posted by tattersall
C'est en francais. I'll scan them tomorrow and post.

To the question why he bought Gatto, Lattanzi replies: "Parce que Gatto a une histoire noble. Une histoire authentique et belle, de la bourgeoisie d'il y a une centaine d'annees. Les clients Gatto sont comme au debut du siecle, des personnes raffinees d'une grande elegance naturelle. Il fallait que Gatto continuat d'exister."

When queried about future developments, Lattanzi replies: "...Mon souhait est de laisser les choses comme elle sont. Je n'ai aucun projets. Le temps s'est arrete et cela restera ainsi."

I think you'll agree that their in good hands


Translation:

To the question why he bought Gatto, Lattanzi replies: "Because Gatto has a noble history. It is a beautiful and authentic history of a century-old bourgeoisie. Gatto clients are the same as they were at the turn of the century - refined, and naturally elegant. Gatto had to continue existing."

When queried about future developments, Lattanzi replies: "My wish is to leave things as they are. I don't have any projects in mind. Time has stopped, and it will remain thus."
 

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Bullshit. Gatto wouldn't have had a profile in Monsieur if Lattanzi did not have plans for them. Some of Monsieur's copy makes me sick.
 

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