SOLE SEARCHING: RAY GARZIA HANDMADE SHOES


HANDMADE IN SEVILLE.




My long search for the perfect pair of artisan-made oxfords for the Fall/Winter season finally came to a sweet end when I discovered Ray Garzia, an Andalusian-based shoemaking brand founded by Carmela and Alfonso -- a passionate couple who believes in producing the ultimate footwear through sourcing high quality materials (locally, in the region of Seville and Valverde del Camino), superb craftsmanship and avant-garde fabric treatments. Every pair of shoe is made to order and customized to the owner's satisfaction, making them a mainstay in even the most fastidious wardrobe. Although I've only corresponded with Carmela and Alfonso briefly over Twitter and email, I am already so taken aback by their gentle but friendly spirit and hospitality. They epitomize the undefeated presence of independent, high-end artisanal worldwide.

The following is a virtual glimpse into their design and studio space, The Foundry:



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