THE PROJECT LAUNCHED BY SUTOR MANTELLASSI IN HONOUR OF MARCELLO MASTROIANNI HAS REACHED ITS FOURTH PHASE.
MM4: Toshinosuke Takegahara pays tribute to the famous actor, icon of Italian style.
Toshinosuke Takegahara is the fourth of five designers who has been asked to reinterpret the shoes Marcello Mastroianni wore 50 years ago, when he left his prints on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, wearing a pair of Sutor Mantellassi shoes.
The shoe Mastroianni wore has already been reinterpreted by Justin Deakin (a shoe designer from London), by Scott Fellows with Craig Bassam (designers who founded BassamFellows) and by Scott Schumann (The Sartorialist). After Toshinosuke Takegahara (a Japanese shoe designer) it will be the turn of Thomas Erber (a talented French journalist).
The MM4, designed by Takegahara, is constructed with a goodyear manufacturing. It is a classic Oxford model, made special by a flower on the tip and on the upper; a crocodile insert covers the top of the shoe. The sole trimmed for a squared effect compared to the upper makes the shoe unique.
Toshinosuke Takegahara caught the industry’s attention while still a student in art college. In 1994, the Japanese shoe designer proclaimed his fondness for elegance by establishing a dress shoe brand carrying his name. Soon after, he moved to the UK where he improved his skills at prestigious British shoe manufacturer Tricker’s. After his return to Japan in 1999, Takegahara reopened his own brand, now called Authentic Shoe & Co., and pursued ambitious collaborative efforts for international companies such as Comme des Garçons and Helmut Lang along the way. With his newly launched shoe brand Footstocks Originals, the Tokyo-based designer commits to the pleasures of minimalism.
MM4 will be on display from tomorrow at the historic boutiques in via Montenapoleone 3, Milan and in via della Vigna Nuova 62, Florence.