Il Micio's interpretation of a simple card case is a sturdy way to keep a lean pocket with only the necessary items: banknotes and cards. In an unusal and minimalist approach, the leather piece is simply bent and stitched along two sides. It isn't pressed flat along the folded side, so that the fold will reflect your own use and habits. The vegetable-tanned vachetta leather will age and acquire patina with use and time.
Vachetta vegetable-tanned leather
Two stitched sides; one open slot; tonal finished edges
Nicknaming is a lost art. Where we used to have evocative phrases like “The Splendid Splinter” or “The Yankee Clipper,” we now have banal retouching of the name itself, like “King James” or “D-Wade.” But here, as elsewhere, Hidetaka Fukaya is a throwback. He wears his nickname “il micio” (“the kitten”) well. He manages a sort of feline grace and dignity in his movements, his dress, and of course, the bespoke shoes that come out of his shop on the bank of the Arno in Florence.
Most bespoke shoemakers grow up in the trade. But Fukaya came to it as a young adult, having first completed a education in fashion which included winning a handful of design contests. He brings this refined aesthetic sense to the detailed and exacting craftsmanship learned during his apprenticeship under Alessandro Sella in Siena. He’s one of the few shoemakers that might be said to run a studio rather than a workshop.
Il Micio’s bespoke shoes will run you 3,000 euros (and up) and a trip to Florence. But fortunately for us, he also offers small leather accessories, masterpieces in miniature that carry the Micio purr. Just the sort of rare and noble breed that we travel the world looking for.
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We want you to be fully satisfied with your purchase. If an item doesn’t fit or is not to your liking, we offer free exchange and returns on all regular priced merchandise within 30 days on unworn and unaltered items. Note that any return shipment costs for international orders, as well as any associated duties, taxes or fees are your responsibility.
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