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Three An­tipodean boot­mak­ers have turned to tra­di­tional Euro­pean tech­niques and ex­pert crafts­peo­ple to pro­duce their AW18 ranges. For her first foray into footwear, Rebe Burgess — known for her hat de­signs — ven­tured to Italy where she sourced the best calf leather from lo­cal tan­ner­ies. Hand­made in a fam­ily-owned work­shop and avail­able in light taupe and black, Rebe’s boots carry the Vero Cuoio stamp and are set to drop on­line and at Muse Bou­tique in May. At Mer­chant 1948, Por­tuguese shoe­maker Salomé brings 16 years of ex­pe­ri­ence to an edit of clas­sic, neu­tral-toned boots, while Aussie brand R.M.Wil­liams’ new Bur­nished col­lec­tion comes care of Ital­ian leather ar­ti­san Duilio Girotti. The bur­nish­ing process re­sults in mes­meris­ing tonal tran­si­tions that con­jure the earthy ochres, reds and tans of the Aus­tralian land­scape.

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