This season, the quintessence of Berluti’s bootmaker know-how and expertise is embodied in the 0 Cut (pronounced zero cut) and is available in the timelessly chic Démesures shape, in deep black Venezia leather or emerald alligator or, as always, tailor-made to one’s special order.
The 0 Cut, first unveiled during the Fall Winter 2018 prêt-à-Porter show, is the purest expression of the iconic Alessandro lace-up court shoe. Each shoe is handcrafted from a single leather piece and with no stitching on the upper for optimal comfort. The Alessandro was created by Alessandro Berluti in 1895 and has since remained essentially unchanged, swiftly becoming Berluti’s emblematic shoe.Following the Alessandro tradition, the 0 Cut is also crafted from a single piece of leather and is entirely devoid of stitching on the back.
Its construction techniques are akin to bespoke bootmaking and it features specific finishings including a lightweight shoe tress, blake stitching and wooden nails on the outsole; only fifteen pairs of which are produced each month.
Berluti dates back to Paris in 1895 and has been built by four generations of shoemakers. The LVMH group acquired it in 1993. Berluti then acquired Paris tailor house Arny’s in 2012. Fine leather goods were introduced by Berluti in 2005 to complement the shoes. In 2011, a complete clothing collection of prêt-à-porter menswear was launched. The bespoke service, for which Berluti is renowned, has always been available at its rue de Sèvres store in Paris. Berluti has more than 40 stores in all the major cities since 2013.
The 0 Cut is now available in stores across the region. In Dubai, Berluti shoes are available at their boutiques in the Dubai Mall, Level Shoe District and Mall of the Emirates, Fashion Dome. In Abu Dhabi, it is available at the Galleria Mall.