OK, sorry again for my absence—I’m now back from long road trips and extensive work obligations for awhile…so now I can get back to posting on a decently regular basis again! Thanks for sticking with me. I still have so much from the Global Eclipse Gathering that I want to post, but I still have not yet had a chance to sort through everything I collected there that I intend to share with you all. All of this material will certainly last me awhile, so I like the idea of mixing in other brands that make me think of the nomadic, transformational festival environment (along with the usual denim and other notable things I run across) to draw it out as long as I can since really, eco-friendly and independent brands is part of the soul of my blog apart from denim. A little over a year ago, I posted about a new footwear line that a favorite sustainable retailer, Nomads Hemp Wear, was carrying. These shoes had been featured in photo shoots for the brand for quite some time, and after asking them where they were from, I was so happy to see them finally offer them for sale in their online store! A.S.98 is the name, handmade leather shoes and boots is their game—and I’ve been keeping my eyes on them ever since then.
A.S.98 is an Italian company founded in 1998, with seriously some of the coolest footwear I’ve ever seen. Very rarely do I even think about dropping a decent amount of cash for a pair of boots, and this brand definitely shows it’s worth it—not only for the super unique, rugged looks, but also because of the tremendous handmade quality. This company pulls in military and punk rock inspiration with a bit of an ethnic twist, promoting pride in a non-conformist sense of creativity. Vegetable tanned leather brings forth vibrant colors and detailing in each hand-finished piece. A.S.98 was created by Piero Oliosi and his sons, who are also the owner of the renowned Italian company Olip which has been around since the 1980s. The brand has headquarters in Verona in Colà di Lazise, with a factory in Bosnia. Materials are imported from Italy due to the carefully selected tanneries there which produce the leather that is distinctive to the brand and provides its character. Just how amazing are these?? It’s tough when such an impressive brand makes so many beautiful pieces that you know you could rock with everything in your closet, especially when they are on the pricier side…but investment pieces bring peace of mind when it comes to durability and the fact that you took the time to select the perfect addition to your footwear collection that you’ll love for years and years and years to come.
Here are just a few of this remarkable brand’s beautiful offerings!
“Military, asymmetric, punk, folk: A.S.98 is a contrast of lifestyles and ways of being.”
“We put passion into each and every one of our products. Our lifeblood flows in their veins.”
“Bright colored vegetable-tanned leather meets origami games and precious details in a contrast of vibrant nuances, details and different styles.”
“Let’s call it passion, a lifeblood that flows into our everyday work. We create more than shoes; we produce distinctive works of art that bear our signature. With uncompromising style and all the rough edges, each piece has its own unique personality. One that is recognized where it really counts: on the street.”
“Wear it, but not to please somebody. Wear it to express something. In everything we do, it’s the inner soul that counts, because what we do is our passion. Our heart goes into each piece and you get the feeling of a path less traveled. You know it just feels right.”
“A.S.98 is a brand with personality. Those who create unique fashion need to be unique in character. This isn’t something you can learn in design school, it comes from the neighbourhoods where the non-conformists live. This is where creativity comes to life, along with a sense of pride that’s based on who you are – not what you own.”