About Oliver Sweeney

October 31, 2021

We have spiced things up at Filati and, by popular demand, introduced Oliver Sweeney's clothing! Our crew neck jumpers are made from 100% Italian Merino wool from the Zegna Baruffa mill. Sweeney has used a super fine 27 gauge and dropped back the shoulder seam to create a clean profile. And talking of clean, this premium knit is also machine washable - bonus! 

How to - Merino Wool Care Guide:

1. Inside out

  • Turn your knit inside out to wash. This will protect the outer side.

2. Delicate and low

  • Choose a low temperature no higher than 30℃. Wash by hand or machine wash on a woollens or delicates cycle.

3. Low spin speed

  • A high spin speed can felt and shrink woollens, even at a low temperature. Always separate your woollens from your standard wash and use a delicates or woollens cycle with a low spin speed.

4. Dry naturally

  • Wool and tumble dryers are natural enemies. Reshape your knit whilst damp and dry naturally, preferably flat.

 

Talloria is a premium Chelsea boot produced at Oliver Sweeney's artisan factory in Italy on the Bologna construction, which replaces the traditional insole board with a leather ‘sock’, giving the boot greater flexibility.

They've used an elegant last with a slightly squared toe and deerskin, which is supple and soft with a grainy texture. The boot is fully leather lined with a leather insock and has a back and front leather pull tab. The St Moritz rubber sole is cleated and practical, but has a slim profile. 

The Bologna Construction

This Italian speciality dates from the early 1900s. The upper is stitched to a soft leather sock rather than a traditional insole board, to form a 'glove'. This is then Blake Stitched from the inside of the shoe to the sole. The resultant sleek profile produces an exceptionally comfortable formal shoe. Founded over a century ago in the rolling hills of Italy's Le Marche region, this small Family have been honing the art of shoemaking for generations. In an area widely regarded as the heart of Italian footwear, the owner established the now famed family factory in 1905, today in the capable hands of his son Palmiro, Palmiro's wife Graziella, and their daughter Simona. Each family member has a distinct role in the shoemaking process, using expert skills they have been handed down and developed over the years. While they excel in tradition, creating beautiful Blake-stitched formal styles and clean-cut casuals, they have also acted as our experimental factory, conceiving Sweeney's now signature Bologna construction, among other original Sweeney features. Combining tradition with innovation, and style with comfort, it is no surprise they have been such an integral part of the Sweeney family 20 years and counting.

trip down memory lane for our Cobbler in Chief, who's made a court appearance or two in his time - squash court appearance we hasten to add. Our Harrow has a retro 1970s shape on a traditional natural rubber cupsole. We've chosen suede and soft tumbled leather for the upper with a navy accent, and included a full leather lining and leather cushioned insock. Altogether a little more refined and comfortable than its 1970's counterpart.Now in its fifth decade of design, our factory in Portugal specialises in crafting casual boots and trainers using their own tried and tested techniques. Having mastered the art of conventional shoemaking, this family focuses on developing new styles and products, by building on their experience and playing around with tradition. The uniqueness of the factory's styles therefore, comes from this fresh approach to the design process: for example, by cutting and stitching the leather upper before dyeing, their shoes take on a relaxed, vintage appearance, for casual wear at its finest.


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