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Watched over the Lion of St Mark’s, the lands and dominions of the ancient Republic of Venice have, for many centuries now, been producing objects of extraordinary beauty, the artisanal origins of which are often shrouded in mystery or secrecy. A seamless mix of high craftsmanship, the work of expert hands and clever interpretations of the zeitgeist, these mirabilia were and remain the fruit of a vital, efficient system that brings together the finest creators of such wonders with that most precious of all things: freedom.
The freedom to express and give vent to the most vigorous, glorious and splendid aspects of creativity, since 1934, the year the pioneering Edoardo Caovilla first turned his visionary designs into such spectacularly beautiful creations that made every single shoe is a tale to be passed down to future generations.
Edoardo’s farsighted creativity was followed by 60 extraordinarily artistic works by René Caovilla. Now the new-generation Edoardo’s simultaneous evolution of both the business strategy and the Caovilla style has produced a prodigious kind of alchemy. One that turns the very manual craft of shoe-making, into a stunning expression of a uniquely sophisticated type of virtuosity.
Caovilla shoes demand incredible mastery, design and talent, only the able hands of the finest craftsmen can tackle the complex task of transforming a feeling into the perfect product in which every flourish, every detail, is a hymn to beauty and the passion for excellence. With no restrictive stitching, no stiff one-piece structures, only a sense of slender, almost ephemeral beauty.
Once you’ve gotten a taste of Caovilla’s meticulous, exclusive workmanship, your heart will be lost forever. Enraptured by Venetian artistry, the visual and cultural identity of the world’s most extraordinary city, the heart is captivated by the entirely Venetian ability to evolve without betraying its own genetic code. From the great painters of the 16th century (Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese) whose work broke new ground and defined an era, to the Biennales of today in which art represents the future, from the ancient medieval guilds to the contemporary ability to bring an entirely 21st vision to an artisanal process. All to seduce lovers of luxury the world over.
This is the Venice and the Italy that are such an integral part of the Caovilla DNA.
art, deftness and skill
Crafting miracles of style and design is a new frontier that never grows old for the Caovilla artisans. Thanks to skilled procedures that they learn as they work and innovation shot through with the kind of artisanal poetry created by meticulous, skilled craftsmanship, what may have seemed like unattainable dreams becomes a glory reality. Lace, mosaic, porcelain, pearls and stones, Byzantine-inspired colours and forms: all the beauty the eye can see is the fruit of that mastery.
Craftsmanship alone is not enough, however. Making superb shoes is about more than mere technique. It demands artistry, virtuosity, skill and an interpretive talent that only the truly great master artisans possess. Because Caovilla’s artisans do not simply turn the designs into reality, they interpret them. Every cleverly, secretively fixed stone, every brush stroke is like a bow being drawn across violin strings, melding energy with the knowledge that it takes passion to produce beauty.
All craftspeople share a passion for perfection so that the secrets of the trade, little nuggets of expertise and high craftsmanship, become a language shared by each and every one of the individuals involved in creating a Caovilla shoe. From the pattern-maker to the people that select the hides and the decorative materials, the hemmers, the master last-makers, the fine-needle workers the embroiderers, polishers, millers and checkers.
Innovation and new technologies have become the cornerstone of the ongoing evolution of Caovilla artisanality at the Fiesso d’Artico factory. Here the manual artistry of embroidery happily coexists with leading-edge quality control, to guarantee that each pair of Caovilla shoes is a triumph of beauty and comfort. Each master receives work and then passes it on, resulting in the kind of quality control that isn’t merely formal but also based on the experience, the DNA, of the maison itself. The shoes themselves comply with the highest standards even as they tread a fine line between pure art and luxury artisanal.
Each piece of work by Caovilla showcases the meticulous expertise demanded of every master that works for the Maison: the kind of manual skill so fine it is like alchemy, producing shoes that are no longer simple accessories but become works of art in their own right. Destined, thanks to the skilled hands of the artisans and the vision of the Caovilla family, to become the expression of a dream.
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