Like many other menswear afficionados we at the DG6 Group have to admit that our gaze is quite focused on italy. Lately though, we have been broadening our views somewhat, finding new brands from all over the world, all producing fantastic stuff. Even though we still love what the italians do, we like seeing a growing competition from other nations as well.
For quality products in general, few nations can match Germany. Not that long ago we actually came across a german manufacturer of very, very high end menswear called Regent Handtailored. Even though the company has a long history, making suits since 1946, they have recently started rejuvenating the brand with new cuts and collections. At the end of last week, we were sent some pictures as an exclusive sneak peek of their coming sportswear collection. Now we are sharing these exclusives with you, to give you all a taste for the products before the full reveal at Pitti.
The quality is beyond great, and the designs are very much to our taste. Don’t miss out on visiting Regent Handtailored at Pitti Uomo, stand E9 at the first floor of the Fortezza de Basso.
Primo Guercilena in Leon Magazine..
Viola Milano Summer Essentials…
Shirt: Af Klerkcer Shoes: Santoni Fragrance: Creed Pocket Square: P.Johnson Swim trunks: Vilebrequin Sunglasses: Bob Sdrunk Bracelets: Viola Milano Hat: Panama
Photographer Jesse Hisco
Amazing photo of my friend Christian… It’s an honor to see him wearing my Viola Milano bracelets.
Who are you?
Christian Kimber: British designer, living in Melbourne, Australia.
What is your background in the clothing industry and how did you come up with the idea to start Kimber Footwear?
In London I was working across a few different roles in the menswear world, from retail and styling, to PR and production. I started off interning anywhere I could. Following a stint on Savile Row I eventually ended up at a footwear store on Clifford Street. It was there I developed my understanding of footwear production which inspired me to start night school at the London College of Fashion. I had noticed there was a gap in the market - in terms of a good quality mens shoe at a great value price - and set about building the business. I moved to Melbourne a couple of years ago and felt it was the perfect place to launch the brand. I started with a chukka boot and a tassel loafer, both rather versatile, and casual enough to be embraced by the more laid back Australian man. I have more styles in the works; a penny loafer next followed by some sneakers. The reception has been wonderful so far and I’m really excited about the year to come.
Where are your shoes made, and what materials and techniques are used?
My first collection are made in the south of Spain, with Goodyear welted soles, Spanish suedes and a soft insoles to make them feel like sneakers.
What do you think sets Kimber Footwear apart from other makers?
My shoes are designed to be worn both casually and more formally, in versatile styles produced with classic construction techniques. The colours and attention to detail make them unique.
How would you describe your own style?
I wake up every morning and decide what my style will be that day, mostly based on my mood. I’m very much a fan of a younger generation, or new school of classic menswear. I like to mix modern pieces with classic tailoring. Mostly I live in a double-breasted jacket, shirt or polo, high waited trousers or chinos or denim, a knit tie and loafers.
What is your earliest memory related to menswear and style?
Sitting in my father’s dressing room before he went to work each morning when I was very young. He only ever wears classic horse-bit loafers with his tailoring. I remember them all lined up on a rack, all the same style but in different leathers. This really stayed with me. He also used to give me his cashmere double-breasted coat to hang up and brush when he came in the door. From a very young child I was very specific about everything I wore, a weirdo.
What inspires you / How do you find inspiration?
At the moment I find a lot of my friends very inspiring; they all have their own unique understanding of dressing. Most of the industry names I take inspiration from these days are Italian. I find Italians are more relaxed and romantic, compared to the British, who are much more structured in both, and not as afraid of colour.
I look at a lot of old photos. I recently came across some images of the Duke of Winsor gardening in 1955 with Wallis in their house in France. Edward wore flannel trousers and a tie when he is fixing his roses. In another shot he had the smaller blade of this tie tucked into his trousers, just so ahead of his time. I just find myself thinking of all the shoes he might own. I think you need to take elements from the past, but try to create something new from this foundation. Also moving to Melbourne from London, I am very taken with the colours of the Australian outback, I have become obsessed rich burnt orange.
If you had to name one person that influenced on your style, who would that be?
Your “one and the most important advise” for men who want to be well dressed?
First of all, it’s not about spending and nothing to do with rules. The advice I would give is to build a wardrobe over time and discover what works for you. Add a splash of colour when you can. Find a decent tailor and someone who understand footwear and chat with them about what you need. More often than not people who work in this industry as so passionate they would love to talk to you for hours.
At the end of the day, take enjoyment from it. Put something on and don’t spend the day worrying about it. Who cares really, girls are more important.
Welcome to Dg6 Group Mr. Sentiero…
Tailored suits, spread collars and seven fold ties are all very well, even fantastic, but it is when it comes to shoes you separate the wheat from the chaff. A nice pair of quality shoes will lift an outfit more than any other single investment in your wardrobe and when taken well care of, they will last you a lifetime.
It is hardly a secret that we at the DG6 Group have a thing for small manufacturers that often do not have more than a single, small workshop. We simply find the passion and energy that craftsmen put into their work so inspiring, and we like to share it with you.
One of our favourite artisans is Riccardo Bestetti, a bespoke shoemaker based out of Vigevano in the north of Italy. Riccardo is by many considered to be one of the top shoemakers in Italy, and perhaps even one of the best in the world. The name of Riccardo’s small business is Freccia Bestetti, Freccia is Italian for arrow and you can clearly see the name reflected in much of Riccardo’s creations. His shoes are often characterised by an aggressive shape, often compared to that of many Italian sports cars. In addition to sleek italian lasts, Bestetti is a true artist when it comes to colouring and creating a patina. Just have a close look at his shoes and you will understand exactly what we mean.
Last year Freccia Bestetti launched a RTW collection, bringing the opportunity to own a pair of Bestettis to us who simply cannot pay the price of bespoke. The RTW shoes start at 600€ and prices go up to 1500€ for a pair from the top Novecento line, which is made to the same standard as bespoke. Riccardo makes all RTW shoes when an order is placed, this enables you to easily make changes to the design for an additional cost. The models presented here are just a selection of all the models Riccardo offers, and bear in mind that all leathers are available for each model as well.
We placed an order with Riccardo very recently, and are eagerly awaiting the result. Riccardo was most helpful during the entire ordering process, and will make every effort to meet your needs an wishes. On top of being very professional, Riccardo is a wonderfully polite and humble man, which adds to the overall great impression we have of Riccardo and his products. Be sure to stay tuned for an in depth review of our very first pair of Bestettis and an interview with the maestro behind it all.
If you too want to have a pair of some of the most beautiful shoes ever created, contact Riccardo at email@example.com. You won’t regret it.
Be sure to have a look at Freccia Bestetti’s webpage and the tumblr as well for some more Bestetti goodness.
The DG6 Group