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Berluti
Berluti

Berluti Berluti

Since 1895, Berluti has cultivated its own unique style by bringing together audacity, fantasy and classicism. Expertise in shape, leather patinas, fabric selection and precision of cut are the signatures of the ideal male wardrobe. From head to toe.

Creation date: 1895
CEO: Antoine Arnault
Head office: 120, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris – France
Website: www.berluti.com

Identity

Berluti has been making shoes for the elegant man since it was founded. The Duke of Windsor, Jean Cocteau, Andy Warhol… The greatest clients walked through the House’s doors, each one passionate about and captivated by the timeless elegance of these exceptional shoes, elevated to the rank of works of art. Offbeat classicism and technical virtuosity are keynotes of the House, while its character remains the same. Its story began at the end of the 19th century, when a young 30-year-old Italian brought his creative energy to Paris in order to practice his craft as a master shoemaker. He named his first model, a lace-up shoe, after himself, Alessandro, and the House took his surname, Berluti. Since then, every generation of the House has cultivated exceptional savoir-faire in the mastery of form and working with leather and patinas. The result is models that are incomparably elegant and comfortable. But more than simply a prestigious shoemaker, Berluti has always represented a certain art de vivre. Naturally, new areas of expression have been explored: leather goods in 2005, and in 2011 a ready-to-wear line was launched, with the appointment of Alessandro Sartori as the House’s Artistic Director.
Alessandro Berluti, founder of the House © Berluti

Icon

In 1895, Alessandro Berluti designed a lace-up shoe made from a single piece of leather with no visible stitching. The purity of its lines was perfect. Available today in a variety of forms and an infinite range of patinas in different colors, the "Alessandro" shoe was born and the House of Berluti had its own signature style.

The colors of the "Alessandro" lace-up pumps during the 2013 Spring-Summer Collection show in the garden of the Palais-Royal © Berluti

Insights

Alessandro Sartori in front of the wall of shoe molds in the workshop of the bespoke shoemaker Berluti. © Berluti
“Quality, authenticity, craftsmanship, colors, leather and a very artistic Berluti style are the iconic trademark for our brand. When the style or the trend of the collections change from one season to another, it is simply because this man is moving forward, he is evolving.”

Savoir-faire

Hand-assembled and customizable from the wooden last to the choice of leather and patinas, Berluti bespoke shoes combine absolute comfort and unique flair. As opposed to ready-to-wear shoes, or “demi-mesure” shoes, which are simple adaptations of existing models, bespoke shoes are created from scratch. The client is at the very center of the process, and the future shoe will be created according to the morphology of his foot. From the meeting between the master shoemaker and the client to delivery, no less than 50 hours of work are required to create a pair of bespoke shoes. Shape, soles, colors… everything is adapted to the client’s desires, needs and specifications. This includes the choice of leather – from the emblematic Venezia leather to more exotic hides. Last-maker, pattern-maker, cutter, stitcher… the craftsmen in the bespoke workshops will have carried out over 250 operations in order to offer their client the perfect shoe.
Bespoke shoes © Berluti

Outlook

Since 2013, Berluti has internationalized its distribution network with the opening of new boutiques in Paris, but also in London, Shanghai, Tokyo and more recently New York. They offer the entire Berluti wardrobe and range, including bespoke. Incorporated into the House in 2012, the tailoring savoir-faire of the Arnys workshops gave life to the Grande Mesure service. Complementing its shoemaking knowledge, this new offer opens up infinite horizons with the possibility of a bespoke wardrobe. Present in the world’s greatest capital cities, the House’s deployment phase continues, in order to offer the Berluti experience all over the world.

Key figures

  • 50 hours of work for one pair of bespoke shoes
  • 50 boutiques around the world.
  • 120 years of history