The uniquely-treated materials used in the Avantindietro_Field project have spent years buried in a tobacco field adjacent to the workshop where the original Carpe Diem line was produced, and are in extremely limited supply.
Second Chances for missed opportunities:
We have been granted the opportunity to extend a second chance to own these pieces. This time we see the inclusion of model/composition combinations done exclusively for Sartorialoft. The mid-height boots, in their design, combine the minimalist, curved lines of the original Avantindietro models with a substantial, rugged construction of the sole and heel. They are executed in aged deerskin, which can be deemed the stock leather used in the Avantindietro_Field project. The pairing of leathers with the derbies and tall boots are what make the second run particularly noteworthy.
The derbies have been executed in the buried horse leather. There is a readily evident dichotomy to the hand of the aged horsehide which has a dry hand though it has been treated to an effect of a deep patina with a finish reminiscent of waxing, despite being a quality of the leather itself rather than surface treatment. There is substantial depth in color, while the tactile experience is one of contradiction.
The tall boot have been produced in a deep green sheepskin that is of substantial weight, uncharacteristic of that which is commonly introduced to consumers. A heavily textured property has been achieved through the burial process, which is highlighted in creases of the skin through Alessio's treatments.
The textural quality of the heavy lambskin manifests itself in a network of deep furrows without compromise to the integrity of the tensile strength and highlights the shaft as if it were a captured moment of some dynamic transition, breathing new life into the design and underscoring the dramatic role material selection plays in the creation of a piece.
In addition to these rare, worldwide exclusive models of AV_Field, we are proud to offer a another opportunity to secure Altieri's Horween cordovan Avantindietro derby, for which we know of a mere singular pair to be made available beyond our walls. This model, which features a design improvement of the heel for the original Avantindietro project and remains the pinnacle in the realisation of the advanced concepts nurtured by Altieri.
The entire Layer-0 shipment is brought with material selections of the highest order. All the footwear offered is constructed from Cordovan hides sourced from Horween and Guidi. It is also evident that the recent collaboration with Maurizio Altieri seems to have had a profound effect on Alessio's creative endeavors and apparent creative direction.
For fans of Carpe Diem, the Layer-0 delivery brings a welcome surprise in the form of the 2.0 boot, which is a splendid interpretation of a rarely-seen Continues model that we have always favoured highly. The shaft height of this layer-0 offering is further modified to specifications as set forth by Sartorialoft, which we feel to be an exponential improvement of this design.
Another style making an appearance in the layer-0 delivery is the derby, a classic silhouette constructed by the same artisans that once brought us Carpe Diem footwear.
There has been much speculation surrounding the new 1.5 boot design being introduced this season, as it stands apart from Layer-0 models seen up to this point, showcasing the designer’s continuously-evolving vision. Many have wondered if the recent collaborations with Maurizio Altieri would have an effect on the creative direction of layer-0. With the 1.5 boot’s silhouette being a radical departure from Alessio’s work seen up to this point, the source of inspiration behind this particular design has become a subject of much interest and ongoing debate.
by Q. Andrisson
& David Choi