Craftmanship Made in Colombia
LAST NO. 223
LAST NO. 223
Once a design or style is agreed on by our Managing Director, it is discussed with our Pattern Cutters. Pattern cutting is the initial design and development phase and as any established Pattern Cutter will tell you, “If a pattern is not perfect when it leaves our pattern room, the shoes will not be perfect when they leave our factory”.
With the leather stores bursting at the seams with high quality Italian calf, grain and suede, the clickers are eagerly poised with their knives at the ready. But not just any old knives…
The Closing Room has over 40 members of staff, a busy department indeed. More operations can be found in this department than any other in the factory, each one of them requiring dexterity and patience.
Preparation refers to the gathering of all other components that are required during the making of our shoes. In typical Lignarolo form, many of the components are produced in-house, including the cutting of heels, insoles and soles. The heel department and sole department are small workshops in their own right and work tirelessly to feed the factory beside them.
Lignarolo uses the term ‘Lasting’ to refer to ‘pulling the upper over the last’ thereby giving shape to the shoes. The last is a shoemaker’s foundation, and can be thought of as their most closely guarded secret. With heritage paving the way for the exceptional last development, Lignarolo are continually developing new lasts.
Making is where you will find the famed ‘Blake Stitch” stitching machines. Stitched soles are the mark of quality footwear. With the Blake method, a row of stitching attaches the upper, insole, midsole and outsole. This results in a sturdy yet extremely comfortable shoe, plus it’s easy to resole.
Craftsmanship is now in full flow and mistakes are costly. The Finishing Room is where a team of finishers are cleaning, preparing and adding the finishing touches to the soles and the shoes, that Lignarolo customers appreciate so greatly.
The Shoe Room is the final department in the Lignarolo factory. This is where all shoes & boots are hand polished, checked, laced and boxed.