Photography: Lea Anouchinsky for How To Spend It, Florence 15/04/19.
Our men’s and women’s sandals, bags and small leather goods are crafted in select artisanal workshops in and around Florence, Italy. Made from vegetable tanned calf, suede or exotics such as alligator, ostrich and stingray, and all expressly developed by specialist Italian tanneries. After a career spanning more than 20 years designing accessories behind the scenes for major European luxury houses, including Valentino, Tod’s, Loewe, Emilio Pucci, Loro Piana, Valextra and Jimmy Choo, Álvaro González the Spanish-born, Florence-based designer, launched Álvaro in 2013. Introduced originally for men with Mr Porter, and then with Colette, before introducing women’s in 2014. In 2017 we opened our first store in Nottingham Place, a small side street in London’s Marylebone village.
Iconic styles for men include the reductionist two-strap Alberto, Antonio the perfect slide, Arno with its slim straps that snake around the ankle and fasten with a buckle and the minimal double-strap Alex, all crafted in full or bi-coloured calf. Our key women’s styles include the reductionist two-strap Alberta, presented in full-calf, contrast coloured stingray or multi-coloured pheasant, partridge and cock feathers, or decorated with jewelled flowers. Antonia, the perfect slide in multi-metallic calf, the barely-there Abbi slide, the minimal gladiator Ariana trimmed in multi-coloured feathers and Aida, the semi-closed shoe in soft fringed suede.
With its dusty pink walls, seagrass floor and reverse reclaimed ceiling tiles, our store is fitted out with furniture and objects found in vintage stores, flea markets and fairs across Italy and on the designer’s travels. The eclectic furnishings are fashioned just like the designer’s home in the hills outside Florence. A 1960’s cement garden table with tree trunk legs previously sat shaded under an olive tree, two trash cubes by Nicolas Le Moigne that display sandals are also used as poolside tables for the sun loungers, the Ficchi d’India cactus plants on the back wall of the store also grow in the sunny courtyard, the large ceramic leaves from Bordallo Pinheiro, found on a summer trip to Portugal, adorn the shady veranda. Other vintage finds include a pair of 80’s block cubic seats from Torino, a 1950’s bar cabinet which serves as a cash desk, a Braque-esque bronze door handle picked up at a flea market in Milan, and a 1940’s step ladder hidden within a stool picked up in Provence.
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