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


Not too long ago we interviewed Angela Cetani, who works in the finishing department. Today we continue to introduce you to our artisans by sharing Lorenzo’s experience at Fratelli Borgioli.

Despite starting working for the company only a few years ago, Lorenzo 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!

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  1. Hi Lorenzo, would you introduce yourself and tell us something about you?
  2. How long have you been working for Fratelli Borgioli and what are your duties?
  3. What does it mean to you to be an artisan?
  4. What aspect of your job feels more rewarding to you?
  5. Fratelli Borgioli has more than 70 years of history and expertise: how do you see these aspects in your job?
  6. You take care of the very first phases of the shoe processing: which are the most critical steps?
  7. What machineries do you use to carry out your tasks?
  8. How does this process change based on the type of shoe?
  9. Technology has had a huge impact on work processes: which parts of your job still have to be carried out manually?
  10. Do you remember a shoe that you particularly enjoyed working on or that, on the contrary, was the most challenging?
  11. Which experiences and skills would you say you acquired since working for Fratelli Borgioli?
  12. Is there an episode connected to your carrier as an artisan that you would like to share with us?

#1. Hi Lorenzo, would you introduce yourself and tell us something about you?

Hello everyone. I am 39 years old. For 22 years I have been working in shoe production. During these years I have carried out different types of operations, I started from the simplest ones, to arrive to carry out my favorite one: shoe lasting. Initially I did manual lasting, then I went on managing the machine lasting.

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#2. How long have you been working for Fratelli Borgioli and what are your duties?

I have been working for Fratelli Borgioli for 3 years, I am in charge of lasting operations.

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#3.What does it mean to you to be an artisan?

It means taking care of the shoe, looking after every detail so as to have a high quality and comfortable product.

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#4. What aspect of your job is more rewarding to you?

 I feel rewarded when I succeed in delivering a good product and I am able, together with my colleagues, to fix any issue that may come up.

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#5. Fratelli Borgioli has more than 70 years of history and expertise: how do you see these aspects in your job?

Fratelli Borgioli can rely on an experienced and knowledgeable workforce. Also, the company is always up-to-date and grounded on a very solid base.

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#6.You take care of the very first phases of the shoe processing: which are the most critical steps?

Every type of operation requires particular attention towards the pattern, the leather or the shape. The most difficult step is to put the upper in the pliers of the machine because this operation requires a lot of attention and precise movements to obtain a good lasting of the shoe.

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#7. What machineries do you use to carry out your tasks?

The machine is called a premount machine.

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#8. How does this process change based on the type of shoe?

There are different types of lasting: moccasins, sandals and some types of sneaker require manual lasting. Other types of constructions like Goodyear, Norwegian and the most part of dress and casual shoes require machine lasting.

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#9. Technology has had a huge impact on work processes: which parts of your job still have to be carried out manually?

Some many types of operations still need only careful manual work. The beauty and the craftsmanship of artisan work can never be replaced by the advent of technology.

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#10. Do you remember a shoe that you particularly enjoyed working on or that, on the contrary, was the most challenging?

One of my favorite operations is to last the shoes made out of exotic skins like crocodile, python or eel leather. The exotic leather gave me the biggest satisfaction although it has also created the biggest difficulty in handling it.

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#11. Which experiences and skills would you say you acquired since working for Fratelli Borgioli?

By joining this company I have had the chance to perfect my knowledge and put myself to test with new and important productions in a stimulating and rewarding workspace.

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#12. Is there an episode connected to your carrier as an artisan that you would like to share with us?

The moment I managed to last the first shoe completely by myself is kept in my sweet memories.I finally put into practice all the teachings I received.

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Thank you Lorenzo for sharing your personal experience and allowing us to better understand how the shoe-making process works!

Read more on our artisans here!