Italian Style . Italian Quality. San Francisco Beginning
A native San Franciscan, I have always loved summer and going to the beach, out of the San Francisco fog. My first real beach vacation was in Italy when I was 10 years old, to visit family. It is where my love of summer, and in particular Italian vacation culture and Italian summer wear began.
Ten years ago, while shopping in an open market in the beach town of Sabaudia outside of Rome, I found unique, stylish and comfortable thong sandals. When I needed a new pair, and I couldn't find them anywhere else, the idea of a shoe business took root.
After much research and with the insight and expertise of Enzo de Bernardo, an expert manufacturing consultant, we designed our own. Last year that dream, became a reality and the first line of Linda Ravano 1606 went into production. Linda Ravano1606 shoes are all made in a small family-owned factory in Southern Italy, near Naples.
The Zeppa Platforms and Carolina wedges are made of leather that was treated with the analina process. That means the leather is hand sponged with dye resulting in a product which retains the original grain and nuances of the leather.
The signature thong sandals are made of soft leather and matching hand sponged insole. They are stylish and comfortable. The sparkle design and bright colors dress them up for an elegant look.
I am proud to know where our shoes are made and that they are made with top quality Italian leather. So often now, we don't know what conditions and by whom or our clothing and shoes are made.