This Thursday: Michael Toschi Trunk Show

Visit Wingtip this Thursday, 12/10, from 12-8pm, to meet one of our dearest vendors, shoemaker Michael Toschi. Toschi will be showing off new fall/winter styles, and with every purchase of a new pair of Toschi shoes, you will be treated to your choice of a pair of Toschi S1 socks or a bottle of bubbly Prosecco. We will also roll out a charcuterie plate, fresh from the Wingtip kitchen.

About Michael Toschi

An innovative thinker since he began professionally designing footwear in 1978 at age 15, Michael Toschi’s talent and drive to lead the industry have caught the attention of footwear moguls worldwide. At age 24 Toschi founded NewLink, a design consulting firm which helped revolutionize the performance and quality of products by Nike, Reebok, Avia, Adidas, Rockport, Esprit, Banana Republic, Ugg, and others. His vast client list provided hands on experience with leading factories, suppliers and developers in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Michael Toschi’s demonstrated ability to conceive creative and technical solutions, his expertise in craftsmanship, and knack for forecasting trends led him to co-found Ariat, a progressive equestrian footwear company, in 1991.

Six years later, disenchanted with the level of compromise found in the apparel and footwear industry, Michael Toschi set out to merge his American-born aspirations with the ideals and sensibilities of his Italian heritage, and bring a product line to the world that embodies the entirety of his vision.

Founded in 1997, Michael Toschi International specializes in producing high-end Italian made men’s footwear, outerwear and accessories. With out corporate or venture capital support, and zero advertising, the Toschi brand has organically grown to achieve a cult-like following. Toschi designs with a philosophy he calls “Science Fashion,” infusing performance elements with quality and style.

Recent design achievements include: CarbonLite Ionet SuspensionTM (CIS), a footwear technology that provides a comfort system utilizing anatomically formed carbon fiber, which interfaces with a suspension outsole. Flexible Integrated TechnologyTM (FIT), a component allowing the belt to vary its circumference as it responds to load, reducing bite and bind caused by common body movements, or excess consumption at the dinner table. Additional design accomplishments include an active ventilation system for leather outerwear, advanced tanning methods for specialized leathers, innovative material applications, and considerable performance enhancements for golf footwear.

Toschi products have been recognized and honored by publications including Men’s Health, Maxim, Playboy, Automobile Magazine, MR, and Footwear News, featured in major motion pictures, and adored by celebrities and athletes including Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Tom Cruise and Jay Leno.

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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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