Le Maestro Modern Dress Loafer by Herman Francisco Delos Santos

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Le Maestro

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Modern Dress Loafer

INSPIRATION:
Inspiration for Le Maestro came from an objective of incorporating modern manufacturing techniques and 3D-printed materials into a footwear product. Initial thoughts of creating a driving shoe or a dress loafer came to mind; two of which have interested me because of their unique characteristics and silhouette. I concluded with the intent of creating a modern silhouette for the traditional dress loafer.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Le Maestro revolutionizes the dress shoe genre by incorporating a Direct Metal Laser Sintered (DMLS) 3D-printed ‘matrix heel’ that reduces the visual weight of the heel section and showcases the structural components of the dress shoe. To complement the long and elegant vamp, high grain leather is used for the upper’s construction which features an asymmetrical design. The integration of the heel section in to the upper is now characterized with an elegant heel cap profile.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The revolutionary feature of Le Maestro is the titanium 'matrix heel'. Its function is to maintain the form of the waist's out-sole and provide structural support to the heel.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Preliminary research and design of Le Maestro started February 2014 within the city of San Francisco, California. Further variations and development of the project continue.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Le Maestro is the first of its kind to showcase the structural support section within traditional dress shoes. The component of the shoe is known as the 'matrix heel' and is manufactured through a revolutionary printing process known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Overall length: 265mm Width: 95mm

TAGS:
modern, loafer, 3D printed, titanium, innovation, revolutionary, design, luxury

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Development of Le Maestro started with the brief of incorporating modern materials and construction techniques into a footwear product. The category of dress shoes was chosen because the overall profile and silhouette hasn't been changed in over a century. Identifying where innovation can be best showcased concluded with the heel section, an area that lacked elegance and aesthetic attributes.

CHALLENGE:
The biggest challenge within the project was being able to come up with a structural piece to take the place of the heel. I wanted the heel to appear lightweight and stable. Showcasing the titanium 'matrix heel' and its integration into the sole introduces a modern construction technique.

ADDED DATE:
2014-03-26 03:56:11

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Herman Francisco Delos Santos

IMAGE CREDITS:
Herman Francisco Delos Santos

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
HERMAN FRANCISCO

PROFILE:
August 2012 was the inception of HERMAN FRANCISCO, an exquisite lifestyle design company where elegance and the avant-garde harmonize into timeless design fantasies. Self-taught in the luxury world of fashion, Herman’s leading edge is his aesthetic approach and methodology to sculpting form, techniques influenced from early years of playing music. The melodic trance of climactic chords and articulations are transformed into rhythmic detailing and surfaces of composed fluidity. Each piece harmonizes a melody and evokes a story that charms those into a new dimension. “Meticulously tailored and dynamically balanced silhouettes,” says Herman of his core design philosophy.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Le Maestro Modern Dress Loafer by Herman Francisco Delos Santos is a Nominee in Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Le Maestro Modern Dress Loafer by Herman Francisco Delos Santos is Winner in Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design Category, 2013 - 2014.

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