ROMBAUT, an all-natural avantgarde men’s footwear concept from the Paris-based Belgian designer Mats Rombaut, is launching for Autumn Winter 2013-14. The 25-year-old Belgian designer is based in Paris, France. ROMBAUT is his first solo project after over five years experience in menswear accessories development and production in Paris with Lanvin menswear and later the Croatian designer Damir Doma. You can find ROMBAUT on their website or Facebook.

Artisanally crafted in Italy, ROMBAUT shoes represent a unique crossover between high fashion and ecological awareness, eliminating toxic and animal-derived substances in the process. The rough yet minimal designs are executed in fig treebark, a biodegradable material collected in Uganda, hand dyed and crafted in Tuscany. The styles are subsequently coated in Amazon rubber for a new, organic and water repellent finish. ROMBAUT represents more than just a shoe, but a directional fashion concept designed for a more balanced future.

Visit the ROMBAUT showroom between 18th and 25th January in Paris to discover the first collection:

FRI 18th — FRI 25th JAN 13         7 RUE SAINT CLAUDE PARIS 03e
by appointment only:     33 (0) 645 714 774

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Photography : Virgili Jubero
Art Direction : David Fanfani
Creative Direction : Mats Rombaut
Model : Giovanni Leonardo Bassan
Press : Florence Teerlinck

Written by joshuakatcher

Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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