The First Lady of Sole

Several years ago, in her spare time, Olga Berluti made a cow — a beautiful life-sized bovine effigy entirely crafted in the exquisitely finished leather for which her family firm is famous. Then she added a finishing flourish of sequins and swatches cut from a favorite haute couture dress. She named the irresistible beast Torella, after her grandfather Torello Berluti, who had brought her into his custom-made shoe business when she was a teenager just out of convent school. Possibly it was the convent school that inspired Mlle.

Berluti's impish notion...

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