You know you are in for a treat when you get an invite by Louis Vuitton to come see their workshop outside of Venice where all their shoes are being made. And trust me, it was just as magical as it sounds.
It’s all about shoes at Fiesso d’Artico, the Louis Vuitton workshop, where even the building has taken its inspiration from a shoe box. When entering the box we were welcomed by one of three sculptures of shoes and a moment later we found ourself in the gallery where art pieces of shoes were exhibited along with previous Louis Vuitton runway shoes, and even a peaceful library with books that were mostly about… shoes. As a strong believer of the saying that one girl can never have too many shoes, I was in paradise.
Moving on to the four workshops named after iconic Louis Vuitton fine leather goods, we discovered the making of men’s and women’s sneakers in Speedy, classic men’s shoes with leather soles in Taiga, men’s and women’s rubber-soled moccasins in Nomade, and finally my favourite room, Alma, where all those to-die-for women’s shoes are created. Traditional know-how and craftsmanship meet the most advanced technology at Fiesso d’Artico, and producing a pair of shoes takes an average of two days and somewhere between 150 – 250 operations, most performed by hand. Seeing all the various processes that a single pair of Louis Vuitton shoes go through was incredibly fascinating and interesting. Designing and drawing them is one thing, making them is whole other thing, and something I haven’t given much thought until I visited the workshop. When it comes to shoes, you get what you pay for, and I think Louis Vuitton perfectly proves this.
I need to treat myself with a pair of the black ankle boots with the wooden LV heel. They are everything.