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Andrea Santoni, founder of Santoni GALLERY

A VISIT TO THE SANTONI FACTORY in Corridonia, Italy

Since it's inception in 1975, Santoni has been making handmade shoes under the direction of its founder Andrea Santoni and his son, Giuseppe Santoni, in the quiet Italian town of Corridonia. These headquarters house both the design studio as well as the factory where the shoes are assembled, sewn, and painted by craftsmen without the use of machines. Photo Olivier Zahm

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NICOLAS GHESQUIERE'S FIRST COLLECTION FOR LOUIS VUITTON F/W 2014 at the Cour Carrée du Louvre, Paris GALLERY

NICOLAS GHESQUIERE'S FIRST COLLECTION FOR LOUIS VUITTON F/W 2014 at the Cour Carrée du Louvre, Paris

“Today is a new day. A big day. You are about to witness my first fashion show for Louis Vuitton. Words cannot express exactly how I am feeling at this moment… Above all, immense joy at being here, in the knowledge that my stylistic expression is at one with the Louis Vuitton philosophy. The proud legacy. The inspiring history that looks to the future and to the world. The quest for authenticity and innovation. The desire for timelessness. Does not every designer ultimately seek to create something timeless? I salute the work of Marc Jacobs, whose legacy I wholeheartedly hope to honour. And I thank you for being here to share this moment with me. Thanks to all of you who have helped me to tell this new story and who make Louis Vuitton what it is, and especially to those who work with me. Thanks to everyone who is here on this day, this morning. Right now.”

- Nicolas Ghesquière, from a personal, typewritten note that welcomed guests to his debut Louis Vuitton show.

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