A contemporary reinterpretation of what’s classic. The shoemaking tradition meets the sneaker world
My inspirations come from what I would want for myself but cannot find on the vast market; in my opinion too inclined towards conformed pleasure. My taste does the rest. Levius is basically a reinterpretation of existing things where details, minimal, become its very essence. Functionality is a fundamental element and in a shoe, above all, the possibility that you don’t hate it when the day is over. Levius, from Latin, means lightness and perfectly sums up the classical-contemporary concept. I think it is difficult to invent after centuries of innovation; so reinvention is what I base my work on. A kind of personalisation of classical or, anyhow, of what’s already been seen. I love contrasts, the shoemaking tradition and the world of sneakers where taste is deformed by colour and technical materials. I go to the factory that makes my creations. It’s over 50 years old and I often get lost amongst old things that end up forgotten in corners. I identify myself with the head of who thought up shapes, details, solutions, colours - it fascinates me and interprets what I’m doing: a common product which stills has fans and even fanatics.
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Q&A with Marco Dalla Torre
Your town. And three words to describe it.
Venice with its mainland: history, art, creativity.
Three words to describe your projects.
Oriented towards simplicity. Clean. Becoming.
Antique, modern or contemporary?
A classical and contemporary mix
The most precious item you own?
My first synth, a Pro One.
Where is design going?
Towards rigour and cleanliness.
Where are you going?
Towards simplifying existence.
Three words to describe Italy.
Imaginative. Surprising. Sunny.
If not in Italy, where?
A good coffee.