Alan won a scholarship to study at the Prestigious international design school, POLIMODA in Florence, Italy, founded by Salvatore Ferragamo. Whilst studying there, Alan was classically trained in the art of bespoke shoemaking, where he worked alongside master shoe artisan Roberto Ugolini.
In 2012 Alan moved to London and began working for renowned British footwear brand Nicholas Kirkwood where he honed his skills in both commercial and runway focused designs.
After his tenure at Kirkwood, Alan successfully launched the women’s contemporary footwear brand, Neous which is stocked in all leading department stores around the world including Net-a-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods and Level Shoe District.
In 2019, Alan launched his debut men’s shoe collection, inspired by the modern man who is seeking a fashionable alternative to sneakers. Beyond the minimalist yet unique aesthetic, BUANNE aims to provide made-in- Italy shoes that are comfortable, versatile and affordable.
All of the leather and materials are sourced from Italian suppliers and the entire shoe-making process including stitching and assembly is in our factory, ensuring we have the upmost control at every step of the production to deliver a premium product.
Technical know-how and material selection are important paramount elements in making good quality shoes and we employ the world’s leading last makers to ensure each unique design has a perfect balance and fit.
Alan and his team personally work to maintain that the aesthetic vision of the brand is fused with the technical requirements of a wearable piece.
All of our materials are rigorously tested and trailed for compliancy with environmental standards and durability. This ensures our customer is not only wearing premium grade fibres but also materials that are suitable to the longevity of our footwear offering.
As a brand we value quality, style, comfort, wearability and affordability. True to Alan’s mixed Peruvian and Italian heritage, the inaugural season of BUANNE was inspired by the minimalist architecture of Rome and Milan from the 1930’s.
BUANNE’S design philosophy in shoes stems from the belief that the toe shape immediately establishes a personality whilst the heel height is responsible for the mood.