Patina leather found within our patina collection is achieved by a labour intensive, strictly hand dyeing procedure, which creates a completely unique patina with an aged effect. The procedure begins with unfinished crust leather, which has been tanned and handled, but not dyed yet.
Discovering new coloring techniques and using secret recipes and materials makes the patina artist's job a very skilled and unique one. A good patina artist is able to reproduce a colour precisely on demand, and uses it effectively on dress shoes, boots, slippers, casual sneakers and trainers.
Below you can find out a little more about all of the products in our luxury patina collection.
Just as an artist does for a painting, the leather colourist juggles pigments and plays with dyes and essential oils. To apply his products, he uses an array of tools: brushes of every size, sponges, cloth rags…. In the hands of master colourists, the shoes are first stripped — that is, lightened —and then patiently massaged for an entire day with essential oils laden with natural pigments and different types of wax…. And then comes the time for colouring.
The colourist plays with his dyes and pigments like an artist with his palette: he mixes a drop of orange or pink with a red pigment, applies a transparent coating to the tip of the shoe and accentuates the seams using a cotton swab. The patina can then be “tortured” (enriched with colour gradations), “flamed” (with light streaks) or “cloudy” (with smoke-like effects). All these techniques can of course be applied to the entire shoe, or only to specific areas — on the instep, the vamp, the tip. That’s why no two pairs are exactly the same: each one becomes a work of art.