Alvaro is a new line of leather accessories created by Álvaro González. He is the former Accessories Designer at Valentino and Design Director of Accessories at Jimmy Choo and current Design Director of my favourite accessories brand, Valextra.
The Alvaro brand debuted on Mr Porter with a small collection of sandals and belts that comes in a number of styles and colours. Alvara uses a number of select artisanal workshops around Florence to create deep rich coloured calf and alligator leather goods, which at the moment focuses around sandals, wallets and belts.
Last summer I was planning a trip to Morocco to take a break from work. I wanted to buy a pair of sandals to wear around the resort and wear something a little more high-end compared to just wearing rubber flip-flops. Sandals are the best option to keep your feet as cool as possible during hot weather, they are also easily packed and take up very little room in the suitcase.
Mr Porter has a great collection of brands and designers and this is where I found Álvaro González’s collection of leather accessories. Currently Mr Porter and Collette offers the men’s collection, and the women’s collection is coming soon according to their main website.
The sandals are crafted in Italy by hand using vegetable tanned rich mahogany calf leather. There’s an uneven finish on the leather which has deliberately been added to create a rich patina. They are extremely lightweight, well-built and very comfortable.
My belt collection is quite small compared to my other well dressed iGents. I’ve always wanted a good quality alligator belt and found Alvaro’s belts to be good value for money without having to spend a small fortune going bespoke.
The Alvaro belt is handmade in Italy using burgundy vegetable tanned alligator, with a hand-stitched alligator loop, brass buckle and lined in calf leather.
Hopefully in the future I’ll get the chance to buy a pair of sandals in alligator!
(Photos by Style Damage and Álvaro González)