Italy has always been regarded as the zenith of footwear production. Italian shoemakers have refined their skills as craftsman over centuries with keen attention to detail and quality. This highly coveted skillset in conjunction with my love and connection to my Italian heritage made Italy the natural choice.
Leather footwear manufactured in Italy became popular after World War I. Peace was beginning its reign and the Italian pioneers who were master shoe makers were eager to share their trailblazing artistry with the world. This allowed them to gain international exposure while adapting to global changes without compromising quality. Italian shoemakers or Cordwainers as they were known, crafted shoes by hand. Their exceptional usage of production materials ultimately fostered their mastery of the craft, supplying shoes for their entire village.
These artisans spent centuries perfecting their craftsmanship of leather while other countries focused on more commercially accessible techniques and textiles better suited for mass manufacturing. Italy is all about the leather and Italian cordwainers have succeeded in the development of a treatment process that is truly a thing of beauty and elegance. Leather is the core of the country’s textile business with a number of notable tanneries. Some international competitors have resorted to the usage of inferior materials as a means of cost-saving measures to increase production volume. However, Italy has and still remains true to its selective taste in raw materials and craftsmanship. Moreover, Italy is so committed to quality that you can find entire towns dedicated to the art of leather tanning. Only the best hides are accepted and quality control is an ongoing part of the manufacturing process.
As a shoe designer, styles produced in Italy are the best quality footwear money can buy, adding a discerning touch of elegance to almost anything and everything else you choose to wear. Italian made products are truly world-class.