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  • Angelo Ruggeri, creative director of Sergio Rossi

  • Sergio Rossi Arte Povera sneaker collection

  • Alighiero Boetti, Tutto (detail)

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Sergio Rossi launches Arte Povera inspired limited-edition sneakers

One of the most interesting surprises of this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan was Sergio Rossi’s presentation of a limited-edition women’s sneaker collection that pays homage to Arte Povera, the avant-garde art movements of the early 1970s. Sergio Rossi’s creative director Angelo Ruggeri was inspired by Arte Povera’s unconventional style and highly experimental approach to processes and techniques, and especially by the work of artist Alighiero Boetti. Boetti became famous for the way he incorporated non-Western traditions and cultural practices in his work and for his interest in the relationship between chance and order, as seen in his colorful embroidered maps and tapestries. Angelo Ruggeri reinterpreted Boetti’s vibrant universe and combined it with Sergio Rossi’s fine shoemaking tradition, using for the collection fine skins, like crocodile, and adding some unique details, such as the gold zip embedded by hand. The result is an excellent mix of Arte Povera’s originality and Rossi’s trademark glamour that reinforces the brand’s strong relationship with art. The Arte Povera sneaker collection is a special made-to-order edition featuring three different models. A select number of pairs will be available in Sergio Rossi boutiques worldwide from October 2014 and, for a limited time only, pre-order will be open at www.sergiorossi.com, upon prior registration.