We had a chat with Felice Rizzo, a Fratelli Borgioli artisan who works in the finishing department. He gave us some insights about his job, duties and experience at Fratelli Borgioli. Keep on reading to find out what he told us!


Today we continue to introduce you to our artisans by sharing Felice’s experience at Fratelli Borgioli.

Despite starting working for the company only a few years ago, Felice has grasped since the beginning what the spirit of Fratelli Borgioli is. To him being an artisan is all about looking after every detail of the shoe and being able to deliver a high quality product.

Let’s take a look at the questions we asked him!


QUESTIONS FOR FELICE

  1. Hi, Felice, could you please introduce yourself and tell me something about yourself? 
  2. Have you always worked in the field of shoe production? 
  3. How long have you been working for Fratelli Borgioli and what kind of job do you do?
  4. What is your job in the finishing department?
  5. What do you like most about your job?
  6. What is the tool or product you use most in your work?
  7. Are there any technological innovations in your work that allow you to improve the production process? 
  8. How do you manage to make tradition and innovation coexist?
  9. In your experience, how do Borgioli shoes differ from other manufacturers? 
  10. What do you feel when you inspire the soul to the shoes with your manual work? 
  11. What would you recommend about your job to a young person who would like to work in a shoe factory?

  1. Hi, Felice, could you please introduce yourself and tell me something about yourself? 

My name is Felice, I am 34 old, I am from Lamporecchio, a few months ago I had a baby girl.  I am a person who loves to play sports, especially team sports, but I also don’t mind staying alone.  


  1. Have you always worked in the field of shoe production? 

No, I have graduated as a surveyor, but after some years of the University studies and some experience in technical offices, I happened to participate in a working project of Gucci group. In that way I approached the shoe worlds for the first time. 

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Felice Rizzo – Ph SB


  1. How long have you been working for Fratelli Borgioli and what kind of job do you do?

I entered Fratelli Borgioli company in 2014. Initially I carried out different tasks, then I found my true application in the finishing department.


  1. What is your job in the finishing department?

The work of shoe finishing includes a series of multiple tasks that vary according to the product we handle. In addition to standard finishing processes like cleaning, ironing and brushing the shoe, I also execute hand coloring and hand ageing operations on various types of leather and footwear. I can use machines and tools such as airbrush and high speed brush, or entirely hand colour the shoes with patina technique using specific colours, creams, waxes and anilines.


  1. What do you like most about your job?

Well, the hand finishing of the shoe allows me to give a personal imprint on the product and create a one-of-a-kind piece, respecting the customers’ requests.


  1. What is the tool or product you use most in your work?

I mainly use brushes and colours of different kinds. The main and the most precious tool is of course the hands.

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Felice Rizzo – Ph SB


  1. Are there any technological innovations in your work that allow you to improve the production process? 

The machines and tool allow us to optimize the products both in terms of quality and quantity.


  1. How do you manage to make tradition and innovation coexist?

Using mainly manual operations the tradition of handcrafted footwear is already respected in itself. The various finishing techniques with innovative machinery allow us to best enhance the final products.


  1. In your experience, how do Borgioli shoes differ from other manufacturers? 

The uniqueness of the product: each pair of shoes, even of the same article, will never be the same and, despite the fact that they are produced in series – this is the feature that few producers are able to offer.


  1. What do you feel when you inspire the soul to the shoes with your manual work? 

You cannot help feeling satisfaction when you are able to carry out your work with quality. My work is closely connected with inspiring beauty to the product by means of purely manual operations. So a bit of healthy complacency doesn’t hurt myself.


  1. What would you recommend about your job to a young person who would like to work in a shoe factory?

I would recommend her/him to be curious, to study how the shoe is designed and made, acquire dexterity and skills with time to become the master of the proper job. This will make the work much more pleasant and satisfying.