Upon first look, Axel Arigato's designs don't seem the most original, but God is in the details. Sourcing most of their leather from Italian producers before being handcrafted in Portugal, the sneakers look like luxurious reimaginings of iconic contemporary styles. Their signature rubber cup-sole distinguishes them from their more ordinary counterparts, and experimentation with embossed, patent, and perforated leather on the creps lend themselves to a truly sleek, yet paired-down look.
Creatively spearheaded by Swedish designer Max Svardh, Axel Arigato has grown exponentially since their humble beginnings in 2014 as an online-only, niche footwear brand. In September 2016, Axel Arigatto opened its first-ever flagship store in SoHo, London, and expanded their collection to include a women's line of kicks. The brand has also announced plans for an expansive apparel collection, an assortment of women's bags, and even a range of leather goods like wallets and cardholders. Shop the full collection of men's and women's styles at Axel Arigato's website now, and at select department store stockists.