Italian leather shoes? Of course we are sharing Sig.Luigi and Signora Rosa’s amazing work with you! Who doesn’t love handmade Italian leather shoes?!
There’s so much more to the story though… From the super-star international fashion houses to the smallest producer, the one thing that all successful Italian companies that create the “stile Italiano” have in common is incredibly hard-working owners with a laser-focused dedication to qualita’ and passione. Gianni and Donatella Versace did it this way, Miuccia Prada does it this way, and Giorgio Armani does it this way.
And Signor Luigi and Signora Rosa are no different. Married and in business right out of the gates, they have stuck with their three guiding principles from the get-go… style, high production standards (by hand only), and only the best quality materials.
Sounds just like what you would expect from Italian shoemaking, right? In fact, Luigi and Rosa regularly produce for the big name fashion brands. The reason for this is because they are experts producing handmade Italian leather shoes for a very specific demographic….
They’ve been making shoes for babies longer than almost anyone else in the distretto calzaturificio (shoemaking district) near Ravenna, and so are the go-to folks for the zero to 12 month “crowd”. Their shoes wrap but do not bind the tender little feet of their “customers.” Each pair is an adorable and at the same time incredible creation…. and completely alla moda (in fashion) according to the latest trends.
Luigi says that he could use machines for production, and then shrugs his shoulders and simply says “but why would I do that?” (The only one he has simply rotates the “lasts” so he can more easily work on creating a range of sizes for a given model, one by one.)
That Italian obsession with handmade leather shoes? With style, know-how, and quality like this, it’s no surprise Italian families start their kids off young.
(A few more models can be seen on our online store, ItalianConnections.)