I want to introduce to you another maker and the one who produced our Kerrie Hess and Love Shop Share capsule collections, Baccaro Group SRL. Their house brand is La Baccarina and we chat to Paola Baccaro for the third instalment of our ‘Meet the Makers’ series.
We had the pleasure of meeting Paola and her husband Alessandro on our last business trip to Italy, where we discussed samples and prototypes for one of our collections. We were then given a tour of their factory so we could see the entire process of constructing a pair of shoes – from cutting the upper leathers, assembling all the parts of the shoe, to packing the footwear in their shoe boxes.
Ben and I would love to return to Italy every year to meet our makers behind Ballettonet’s collections and oversee the production of our shoes. However with a young family and other commitments I am thankful for the technology available to us, especially Skype, as it makes it easier to explain to them modifications to samples face to face!
In our interview this month, Paola shares with us her contribution to the family business as well as her top travelling tips for the north-eastern region of Italy. Browse the current styles available here.
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Paola with her husband Alessandro, their daughter Agnese and son Mattia. Image supplied. Previously posted January 2015.
Founded in 1890 by Gaetano Baccaro, the great grandfather of the current owner Alessandro, the Baccaro family has been making shoes for five generations (soon to be six!).
In the years leading up to World War Two, Baccaro was one of the largest shoe manufacturers in the region, employing over 100 workers. In the difficult times after World War Two they were instrumental in supporting and providing work for many families in the region.
Currently employing over 50 workers across four factories in the Civitanova La Marche region, Baccaro produces shoes for many high fashion brands, with creative direction by a shoe designer from one of the most coveted fashion houses in Europe.
What do you do at Baccaro Group, and what do you enjoy most about your role?
I am a commercial employee and manage the customer relationships and orders worldwide.
It is really interesting to stay in touch with clients all over the world and to see how fashion changes accordingly between the continents.
What made you go into the shoe-making industry?
I am married to Alessandro whose great grandfather founded the business in 1890. His family has a centenary history in shoe manufacturing.
As a husband and wife team working in the same business, how well do you work together? Do you have different roles in the business?
We work well together because we have two different roles!
My job is to stay in touch with the customers. Alessandro stays in touch with the suppliers and manages the staff in the production department.
How long has your family been in the shoe industry?
More or less 120 years. In the years leading up to World War Two, Baccaro was one of the largest shoe manufacturers in the region, employing over 100 workers. In the difficult times after World War Two they were instrumental in supporting and providing work for many families in the region.
Paola’s Italy tips
If you took your family on holiday anywhere in Italy, where would you go and why?
1. Dolomiti Mountain for sure! Because it is a relaxing place and the landscape is wonderful.
2. Venice, without question.
3. Jesolo and Riccione when we decide to visit the sea, as there are many attractions for families, couples or groups of friends. They are the best in Italy!
4.Sardegna for the gorgeous sea!
What are the top 5 things to do in Veneto region (north east region of Italy)?
1. To visit the city of Venice and the Isles Murano (famous for the glass making process), Burano and Torcello.
2. Lago di Garda (Garda Lake).
3. City of Verona, for its history.
4. Valli del Pasubio, including an excursion to Strada delle 52 Gallerie (Road of 52 tunnels) (or Strada della Prima Armata – Road of the First Army). It is a military mule road built during World War I on the massif Pasubio in Veneto, Italy.
5. A visit to Marmolada for its well-known mountain zone in the Rocca Pietore town, in the heart of Dolomiti. It is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Serra di Sottoguda is the wonderful 2km canyon. A great walk for people who love the outdoors. The name indicates a deep gorge, carved into the rock between the villages of Malga Ciapela and Sottoguda. Along the twisting path, the huge rock walls fall at a steep angle accentuating the contrast between the light from above and the shadows of the throat.
If someone wanted to live in Italy somewhere to experience the “Italian way of life,” where would you suggest and why?
It would be Verona city because it is a wonderful town with a lovely story and it is very close to the Garda Lake (10 minutes by car).
To learn more about the history of Baccaro Group SRL, read more about the makers here.
Baccaro shoe manufacturer in the 1900’s. Founder Gaetano Baccaro seated in the centre. Image supplied.
Baccaro shoe manufacturer in the 1900’s. Image supplied.
Behind the scenes of the Baccaro workshop. Photography by Stephanie Waters.
Jesolo seaside. Image sourced from Google.
Strada delle 52 Gallerie. Photo: www.flaviopontiggia.altervista.org
Serra di Sottoguda: One of the top five places to visit in the Veneto region. Image sourced from www.lafotografiadigitale.it.
Paola recommends visiting Burano, an island of a fishing community near Venice. Photography by Stephanie Waters.
Juliet’s Balcony in Verona. Photography by Stephanie Waters.
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