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Rivieras’ Collaboration With Rafael de Cárdenas Alters Perception

By Stephanie Smith-Strickland

May 16, 2013

First worn on the beaches of Costa Blanca in the 1950‘s, Rivieras’ re-imagined leisure shoe is something to be desired. Its subtle design, breathable mailed cotton and canvas upper portion, and leather-lined inner sole effortlessly marry classic style with comfort. Though the brand is fairly young, having been established in 2009, the company’s dedication to retaining the shoes’ original 1950‘s sensibilities, while still infusing contemporary touches, has seen it quickly become a menswear favorite.

Yet even with a loyal following, founders Dan Amzallag and Fabrizio Corveddu haven’t shied away from trying to improve their perfect formula. The duo’s latest experiment comes in the form of a collaboration with architect at large Rafael de Cardenas, and this March the company unveiled a spring friendly line of shoes designed and inspired by Cardenas and his unique architectural practices. The renowned architects’ work often attempts to affect perception through ‘warping field of view and altering equilibrium’ in what he has referred to as ‘spatial layering’. The collaboration reflects this philosophy as the shoes tri-color geometric design indeed plays with perception, creating an almost dizzying effect on the eyes.

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The line can be purchased at Colette in Paris, Opening Ceremony in New York or Dover Street Market in London. For fans of classic style and contemporary architecture, this limited edition collaboration is truly a gem.

ColetteCosta BlancaDan AmzallagDover Street MarketFabrizio CorvedduOpening CeremonyRiviera

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