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Why You Should Invest in Italian Leather Shoes

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There are certain things that are worth spending more money on and a good pair of Italian leather shoes is a good example of you get what you pay for. Good, well tailored shoes can be had for less than $400.

The main reason why you should choose Italian leather is longevity. A less quality pair of men’s shoe that are worn on a regular basis will last for a few years whereas a quality pair of Italian leather shoes will last a lifetime.

A pair of Paul Evans Italian leather shoes is a good example of a worthy investment because the craftsmanship radiates from head to sole. The shoes are styled with the classics in mind, such as the Oxford and the Loafer, but this brand also follows the latest trends in men’s fashion in order to not cater just to one esthetic.

Taking the lead and opting for quality Italian leather is a good investment for many reasons. First of all, Italy is one of the major fashion capitals in the world. That means that their designers have skills and techniques that have been passed down for generations. The craftsmanship is impeccable and is nothing short of a work of art.

Italian leather is softer and much more comfortable and breathable than lesser quality leathers. It has a tendency to shape itself to move with the foot which adds to the comfort. Italian leather is less processed because it comes from premium areas of the hide, making it sturdier than other leathers. Corrected grain not only looks cheap, but the chemical treatment makes it disintegrate very quickly, resulting in obvious and immediate wear and tear.

The difference in quality is obvious. Italian leather is impressive and it will make you feel good. You will impress others as well as yourself in a pair of good quality men’s Italian leather shoes.

Art Basel

Unique Art Collector Adam Sender Shares His Art Collection

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A true art collector has the capacity to separate out particular works of art from the millions of available pieces and pull together a collection in which each member makes sense within the context of other collected pieces. Most people can buy artwork on a piece-by-piece basis, finding one piece that they appreciate and want to own, the difficulty comes in relating each purchase to the next acquisition. Art collecting is the act of purposefully buying and organizing artwork into a coherent grouping, which surprises and engages the viewer at every turn, yet is logical in how it progresses from piece to piece with the added benefit of increasing the understanding of art in general. 

Art Basel in Miami Beach, the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world, is shining its spotlight this year on Adam Sender, the hedge fund manager and art collector. According to Sender, he is staging an exhibition of works from his private collection in a unique venue, one of his Miami homes which is currently on the market but not selling. The “pop-up” exhibition, called “Home Alone,” will consist of seventy pieces, including works by Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Chris Ofili and Rashid Johnson. Art curator Sarah Aibel culled the works from Sender’s 1000 piece collection. Sender has been purchasing artwork since the late 1990s, when he left the SAC Capitol Advisers LP to form his own hedge fund. Apparently, it takes the same discerning eye to acquire artwork as it takes to choose promising equities, as Sender was able to buy reasonably priced works that have significantly increased in value. 

Acquiring a few good pieces of artwork is not that out of the ordinary, with a good eye, time, and money, we could all do that. However, making smart purchases repeatedly over an extended period is something else. Sender seems to have been able to gather a huge trove of artwork by artists just on the leading edge of importance.

Sender also has another unique attribute of his art collecting that makes him unusual in the art world. He consistently shares his artwork with the world by allowing venues such as the Art Basel in Miami Beach, and museums to exhibit pieces from his collection. In a statement, Sender acknowledged that when he ” started buying art, I never thought that this was going to turn into what it turned into” and believes that his experience is a snapshot of how contemporary art has advanced in the last 30 years.