“A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.”
– Explorer and author, Isabella Eberhardt
Yuni Buffa shoes offer a modern take on classic styles. Founded by veteran shoe designer Yuni
Buffa in 2020, the label was created to realize her vision of how luxury shoes should be
made: integrity of design and fit, created with only the highest quality components. Yuni Buffa
sources all materials locally in Tuscany and each shoe is hand manufactured by artisans in
family-owned factories in the region. Every part of production is sourced locally, right down to
the care card insert. Yuni Buffa only uses superior grade leathers and custom designed
hardware and works tirelessly to ensure the most comfortable fit for each style.
Yuni Buffa is a designer-owned, designer-managed company. Each style is consciously conceived and produced in limited quantities to conserve resources and respond to consumer demand. This mindful, less-is-more approach is also reflected in the brand’s signature aesthetic, which celebrates the beauty of simplicity inspired by 1990s-era minimalism.
Informed by a cross-pollination of global design influences, Yuni Buffa was born in South Korea, and resided in Seoul, Milan, and Vancouver, before earning her degree from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design where she studied industrial design. Upon graduating, Yuni was able to apply her unique understanding of form and function to shoe design, a fashion discipline she had longed to pursue. After honing her skills at the influential house of Alexander Wang, Yuni enjoyed design lead roles at Loeffler Randall and Rag&Bone, before establishing her eponymous line.
In keeping with the brand’s ethos, Yuni Buffa is a member of 1% for the Planet. As a member organization, at least 1% of the proceeds from the sale of each pair of shoes will be contributed to organizations that advocate for the fair and ethical treatment of artisans and factory workers around the globe.
Yuni divides her time between the US and Italy.