Walk in the Shoes of Giuseppe Zanotti

RHYTHM OF THE SHOEMAKER. For years, Giuseppe Zanotti has empowered both men and women with his footwear creations, and this season he manages to outdo himself once again

Giuseppe Zanotti

They say that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And more often than not, that one initial step is followed by many small shuffles forward (and the occasional misstep) before one finds himself on the path to greatness. Such was the journey of Giuseppe Zanotti. At the age of 17, the would-be legendary shoemaker started working as a radio DJ, before his love for music eventually brought him into the world of fashion.

In 1994, Zanotti started designing his own shoes, and six years later he opened his first boutique in Italy’s fashion capital of Milan. Today, his fabulous creations can be found across fifty of his stores around the world—to say nothing of the works he’s done for some of the biggest names in fashion. Naturally, Zanotti’s offerings for spring/summer ’17 appears as spectacular as ever, further establishing the maestro’s signature mix of classical craftsmanship and daring innovation.

Giuseppe Zanotti

The capsule collection of Giuseppe Zanotti x Zayn

DA MAN: Your FW ’16 collection was inspired by a number of iconic dance clubs from around the world. Are there any particular places that inspired the SS ’17 men’s collection?
Giuseppe Zanotti: Well, there’s no specific place in my mind. I always find the inspiration from everywhere, from streets to landscapes and music. In this season, figurative art was the key. I wanted to recreate the moods of Botticelli’s paintings, to present that intangible feeling.

Giuseppe Zanotti

The capsule collection of Giuseppe Zanotti x Zayn

DA MAN: Woven leather becomes a recurring element throughout the collection. Any reason why? And how is Giuseppe Zanotti’s woven leather unique?
Giuseppe Zanotti: My creations are a mix of creativity, proportions and quality, crafted traditionally by hand. Woven leather represents a kind of rich, artisanal and highly resistant material. This is the reason why I usually use it on sandals, sneakers and loafers in my men’s collections. The woven leather is a never-ending pattern and I like to imagine that this will always lead to new shapes and their embellishments. The difference between my brand and almost all the others is that our production done completely in Italy with high-quality materials, and our craftsmanship has a really long tradition which has been passed down from generations to generations.

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