We Are Shoemakers

September 15, 2017

We are shoemakers, as our father was, and his father before him. It’s in our blood. We have known it our entire lives. I still remember when my dad first took us to visit the factory – the sound of whirling sewing machines, and the smacks of hammers filled the air while men and women carefully packaged the polished shoes into their new green boxes.

Magnanni was  one of the very first shoemakers to take natural leather shoes and dye them by hand to achieve what is now known as patina. Their lead designer has paved the way in original hand painted design for nearly 15 years. Each pair of beautifully marbled shoes goes through several steps of color treatment resulting in a finish that is never duplicated..

The Opanka hand stitched sole has become a renowned stamp of quality and craftsmanship for the brand. It takes years of apprenticeship for an artisan to earn the title of Artesano which allows him to work on these meticulously crafted shoes. The delicate art involves sewing an extension of the sole to the upper to create a look rarely seen in men’s footwear.

When it comes to material, Magnanni only source the highest grade leathers. Our in-house experts regularly travel to tanneries in Italy, France, and Spain to hand pick every batch of leather used to make our shoes. From luxurious calfskin to exotic lizard, crocodile, and alligator, each piece is scrupulously inspected and cut by master shoemakers.

The company began in 1954 with just five employees in a factory located in Almansa, Spain, on the ground floor of a house. In 1956, Sebastian Blanco partnered with Antonio Garcia Pastor and Blanco Y Garcia S.L. was born. The company’s products were registered under a new brand, Blangar. In 1989, the third generation of the Blanco family began to take its place at the head of the company. Miguel was the first member of this generation to join the family business. He was soon followed by Sebastian, Pascual, Luis, Rocio and Julio.