The picture - Matte box calf leather

Normally box calf leather is associated with a nice shiny finish, but one can also do box calf in an almost matte finish. This was more common back in the days, which this pair of bespoke Yohei Fukuda made in a vintage Ilcea leather is evident of.


The high shined toe makes for an interesting contrast, even if this has evened out a bit during the years they’ve been used, this photo is obviously from when they were brand new. The tannery Ilcea is one of the most famous producers of box calf in Italy, nowadays under the realm of Vecchia Toscana. This hide used here is several decades old, it creases very finely and is lovely silky to the touch.