8 / 2008

Russia - Pietro Yanturni - Design Velvet Buckle shoes - 1910

Pietro Yanturni was born on 28 May 1874 in Marasso Marcheasato-Calabria Italy from Russian descendants. At the age of 12 he became an apprentice shoemaker in Naples. Later he moved to Nizza to become a master shoemaker. In 1898 he went to Paris and worked for all the important fashion houses of those days. He trained himself to produce perfect lasts for his clients and spends 2 years in London to improve his English. In 1904 he opens his own salon in the Rue Vendome 26 in Paris, where an outside sign reads: 'The most expensive shoemaker in the World'. He used very old costly materials such as: 12th century velvets, Renaissance silks, gold- and silver metal tissue, brocades and rare feathers. He asked deposits of US$ 1000,- and delivery could take up to three years.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland