An Italian shoe designer who dazzled the Arab world with a pair of golden loafers is returning to the Gulf region next week with his latest creation, a women’s collection of 24 karat gold embossed, diamond encrusted heels.
Antonio Vietri has a penchant for delivering the ultimate in luxury, and was a crowd favorite at Dubai’s Leatherworld Middle East exhibition last year, when he launched a pair of 25,000 euro blue suede loafers with gold ribbons weaved into the outsole. Now he’s set to turn heads again at the third edition of the regional leather industry’s showpiece event, with the official world premiere of his most recent hand-made women’s collection.
The Turin native’s newest high-end niche range is naturally targeted toward an exclusive type of customer, and he’ll spare no expense in delivering his gilded stilettos, which can cost as much as 30,000 Euro.
The price includes delivery by helicopter, and the shoes are presented in a black lacquered box. The collection also features silk pumps embossed with gold or silver and buyers can customize them if they wish with pearls, Swarovski crystals, or diamonds.
Antonio Vietri is one of more than 60 exhibitors from 18 countries at Leatherworld Middle East 2017, which takes place from 30 April – 2 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. He’ll officially launch his women’s collection at 11:00am on the opening day of the three-day event, and will be accompanied by Turin City Council dignitaries and senior representatives from Leatherworld Middle East’s organizer, Messe Frankfurt Middle East.
Leatherworld Middle East 2017 spans the entire value chain of the global leather industry, from semi-finished and finished animal hides, chemicals, and machinery to finished leather goods, including footwear, clothing, bags, wallets, and accessories.
The ultra-luxurious B2B platform will return with other key show highlights such as the Trend Area, a showcase of leather innovations seen for the first time; Leather Production for tanneries and dealers of semi-finished and finished animal hides; and the Shoe Box, a dedicated section for mid to high-end leather footwear.