The story of Italian craftsmanship and shoe-making

The excellence of footwear, leather goods and accessories in Italy has been developed and preserved along the years by a manufacturing system organized in districts where specialized enterprises are clustered, traditionally fostering cooperation and reciprocal support.

Origin of the Italian shoemaking tradition may be rooted centuries back, to the craftsmen workshops where the expertise was exchanged among master artisans and apprentices. Such precious know-how has been preserved to these days within the Italian footwear districts, where the modern manufacturers, often small family-owned businesses, continue to pass down the same passion and pride for a work well done from a generation to the next.

Most of the best semi-finished and finished products on the global market are delivered by the Italian manufacturers of the districts, under own brands as well as on behalf of major luxury designers.

Despite the challenges of the global economy and externalization to low labor cost countries, several Italian shoemakers proudly maintain their work in Italy, respectful of high standards of work and quality control along their entire production cycle. Their masterful hands continue to combine unparalleled quality and outstanding durability into each piece, for a perfect complement to any style, season after season.

Join Brio & Co. in a tour around the Italian regions where the greatest shoes and accessories are crafted.

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D-MadeRA

D-MadeRa is a brand created by Damiano Ragnolini.

Damiano, an expert Veronese artisan, with 20-years experience in interior furniture painting, had been nurturing the idea to reinvent the scope of his expertise into something that would embody the fine Italian craftsmanship in combination with elements of design and luxury. Hence he conceived an original bag, minimalist and classy, made of precious hardwood. Some of the wood is recovered from the dismissal of the legendary motorboats Riva, and it comes to a second life in the form of a handbag. His workshop is located not too far from Verona, in Veneto, a northeast region of Italy.

If you were to talk to Damiano about his work, you would immediately feel he is proud of what he does, and with good grounds: his bags are really something.


Giorgio Fabiani

The company Giorgio Fabiani is located in a modern facility in the province of Fermo, region of Marche (central Italy), within the largest talian footwear district. The showroom is glowing white with a shining chandelier setting the center of a space of modern luxury.

The story of the brand dates back to 1978, when Mr. Giorgio Fabiani, a young sportsman, took an interest in handmade production and started a leather-cutting workshop in his garage with his elder brother. He soon showed his talent as a designer and collected the first acknowledgments. The workshop was then expanded into a bigger, better equipped and commercially oriented organization, although maintaining the character of a family-owned business, steadily led by Mr. Fabiani.

"Elegance, high quality and hand-made" are the keywords picked by the company to describe the brand, that specializes in women luxury leather footwear and accessories entirely made in Italy.


Pantanetti

The footwear district of Fermo and Macerata, in the region of Marche, Italy, surrounded by gentle knolls, is home to Pantanetti, a company established on the principles of the founding family that for over 35 years has been producing footwear of excellent craftsmanship, inspired by a definite character and unsophisticated elegance. The production cycle, from sourcing of materials and components to the final product, takes place completeley within the district.

You will be impressed by the sturdiness and comfort of their shoes that really fit like a glove. Unequivocally handmade details make of Pantanetti shoes the perfect complement for any daily adventure.

"Genuine people who love their work. Our strength is in the mind, our art into the hands, knowledge and tradition are our main resources".

This is Pantanetti's credo. Try their shoes and you will know they really mean it.


Fauzian Jeunesse

Fabrizio is the soul of Fauzian Jeunesse. Starting as an apprentice to his father Vittorio, a talented craftsman since 1970, Fabrizio has invested his passion and perseverance in establishing his brand.

He now proudly produces his fanciful line in a small organization in the region of Marche (central Italy), with his very personal touch, inspired by a provoking aesthetic and a sporty vintage style. His office it's a real beauty: the entire perimeter, shelved to showcase the collection, forms the perfect frame to the core of the room - his desk - covered with lasts, leather cuts, sketches, tools, notes, etc. You can see the artisan's true color right there. In the workshop just behind a door to the right, a few skilled craftsmen turn ideas into little masterpieces.

Fabrizio is adamant about the direction of his factory, based on high quality of materials and a complex handmade manufacturing process, uncompromisingly made in Italy.