By  on March 19, 2012

In 1993, luxury goods titan Bernard Arnault acquired Berluti, adding a storied Paris-based maker of upscale men’s footwear with distinctive patinas to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s stable of brands. Shortly after, he also bought a pair of chocolate brown Berluti boots—a gift for his son Antoine’s 16th birthday.

“I remember worshiping them,” Antoine Arnault recalls with fresh zeal. “I didn’t have so many occasions to wear them, but I found them so amazing. I kept them in my closet. I felt like they were glowing, almost like gold.”

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