You might have seen the word “patina” before, or maybe you have come across some amazing pictures on our Instagram
Hand Patina or Anticatura is a process of intentionally aging and coloring leather shoes by applying various techniques and materials to the surface. It is often used to give new shoes a vintage or antique appearance or to add character and depth to a pair of shoes that have been worn and aged naturally over time.
Hand Patina is an art crafted and designed for shoes by Olga Berluti, a member of the famous French brand Berluti which took the world by storm in the 1980’s. Hand coloring of shoes was then a fairly new thing in the world of luxury shoes and leather products.
An Antique Finishing Technique for Leathers
Crafting with patina is a truly unique art form. It starts off as unfinished crust leather, carefully tanned and prepared, before being hand-dyed for an aged look that stands out from the rest. An expert touch leads to vibrant results like no other!
There are many different techniques and materials that can be used to create a hand patina on shoes, including dyes, stains, waxes, and various other substances. Some common techniques include rubbing, buffing, and burnishing the leather to create different effects.
An artistic process of passion and precision, each pair of shoes is carefully crafted by the practiced hands of an artisan. Applying dyes with white cloths, brushes, and sometimes sponges to its uncut hide or fully assembled form – it takes a skillful craftsman’s delicate touch to give every shoe its very own unique character: A truly individual “persona” brought about through immaculate attention-to-detail.
The Patina Artist, 🎨 A one-of-a-kind artist
The Patina art craft is still considered to be very young. There are many patina techniques still to be discovered. Very few artists lead this new art, and we are proud to work with the best patina artist in the world. The patina artist’s craft is one of extraordinary skill, requiring a keen eye for detail and the ability to conjure up specific hues from secret recipes. Aided by their unique blend of materials and methods, these professionals can manipulate leather into stunning pieces – be it shoes, belts or bags – that are certain to impress fans of fine luxury goods.
Merging old-world charm with modern sophistication, patina artistry provides a unique aesthetic to shoes — fading colors and creating an antique look to make them feel vintage yet fashionable. Witness the captivating beauty of blending past and present into one luxurious style!
Overall, hand patina is a way to add unique character and style to a pair of shoes, and is often appreciated by those who value quality and craftsmanship in their footwear.