MADE FOR WALK­ING

Be­spoke shoes by Xalf

Robb Report Singapore - - Perfect 10 -

Its moniker a com­bi­na­tion of the founders’ names, XALF is the brain­child of Malaysians Xavier Mah, a mar­ket­ing ex­pert, and Al­fred Hor, a young de­signer who in 2011 won the Malaysia Footwear De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion with the first shoe he ever de­signed. Team­ing up to build a fash­ion­able yet high-qual­ity be­spoke footwear la­bel, the duo re­leased their de­but col­lec­tion in 2012. Tap­ping the ex­per­tise of shoe­mak­ers in Malaysia with many decades’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the craft, XALF’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy is to bridge time­less vin­tage styles with ex­cit­ing, con­tem­po­rary looks. Mah ex­plains: “When we say clas­sic we do not mean old, and when we say mod­ern we do not mean fu­tur­is­tic — in­stead we are con­stantly look­ing for the per­fect fu­sion of both worlds.” XALF’s shoes have been seen on the feet of celebri­ties such as su­per­mod­els Ai Tom­i­naga and Devyn Ab­dul­lah, Hong Kong ac­tress Char­maine Sheh, Sin­ga­pore ac­tress Sharon Au and Malaysian mu­si­cian Mizz Nina, and the brand has also cre­ated ex­clu­sive footwear in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bent­ley Mo­tors. Cater­ing to both women and men, with more than 50 types of colour-pat­tern leather and de­sign styles to choose from, no two pair of shoes are the same at XALF. www.xalfde­sign.com

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