Soft elegance in a dreamlike context that enhances its uniqueness. The handmade is expression of imagination created through the combination of tradition and innovation. Santoni SS16 collection is the result of an aesthetic and artisanal research involved in a constant evolution. It outlines the image of a man that is out of the ordinary and travels with the same nonchalance through different worlds and styles.
The taste for a present and persistent manual skill is never flaunted. Santoni shoes are precious objects with no preciosity. This season shapes are shortened and thinned down creating new balances. The detail of the vamp closed by a double buckle is recurrent and characterizes classic double monkstrap in precious and surreal nuances, woven python or suede slippers and leather sandals.
Cuts reveal the foot, redesigning its silhouette: no stitching and sharp profiles. Island soles and hand-sewn opanka shells bestow new presence to the lace-ups, while the two-colour shoes nod to a modernized yesteryear’s elegance. Softness is also a recurrent value. Unlined and graphic sneakers show a casual allure that can also be found in the bags: completely deconstructed attachés and briefcases.
From candid to burnt leathers, from intense brown to deep orange and red, from the shades of blue to night black, the colour tones are dense and masculine. Materials are enveloping and precious; brushed calfskin, crocodile, kangaroo, silk like moose and aged calf with gloss finishing.
This season Santoni exits the boutique of via Montenapoleone to occupy the elegant spacesof Palazzo Bocconi with an installation conceived by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda ,visionary duo of curators and creative directors, authors of sensational multi-sensory interventions.
For Santoni, Kinmonth and Monfreda imagined a dialogue between past and present, tradition and innovation. A collection of collages gathered in a great book of alchemic flavour, will be the protagonist of the presentation that will be enlivened by a video in which shoes move in a dreamlike dimension. The dialogue among languages conveys the spatial tangibility to the essence of the world Santoni: tactile, artisanal, contemporary yet timeless.