Inspired by the land, influenced by Italian craftsmanship
Following the footsteps of our founder, RM, we’re proud to work with expert craftspeople from all walks of life. This season we’ve collaborated with an Italian craftsman to create a beautiful handcrafted Burnished Collection.
Artistry and craftsmanship are hallmarks of our beautiful hand-burnished collection. To master our burnishing technique for the Autumn Winter 18 collection, we partnered with Duilio Girotti, an Italian craftsman and burnishing expert. He travelled from Rome to our Adelaide workshop where he spent time with our craftspeople, sharing his knowledge and expertise.
Duilio was impressed by the world-class standard of our workshop and gladly passed-on the many of the finer nuances of burnishing and manufacturing. Duilio also fell in love with the landscape of our beautiful country, our culture, and way of life.
Burnishing is an artisanal method that brings out the richness and true characteristics of leather. First the boot upper is cut from unfinished hide; Italian dye is then applied by hand. This is followed by hours of polishing and buffing, with particular attention paid to the toe and heel.
Colours are worked and re-worked to create a mesmerising tonal transition, and each one-piece-of-leather boot travels through 90 pairs of hands as it’s made. The process creates a beautiful richness and unique highs and lows on a boot.
Burnishing is a skill mastered over time. There are only a handful of craftsmen and women in the world who can execute it at an expert level. Collaborating with Duilio has allowed us to hone our technique and create a collection that resonates in a truly Australian way.
Much inspiration for the collection comes from the Australian landscape, and particularly its naturally burnished elements – the colour palette references dusty ochres, red earth and sunburned tans. The timeworn beauty of our archival saddlery and the subtle richness that leather develops during years of use also helped inform the collection.
The burnishing process creates a truly beautiful product, with no two pairs of boots being the same. Our Autumn Winter 18 Burnished Collection is therefore as unique as the landscape that helped shape it.