Federico stitching the soleFederico Badia, a young Italian shoemaker and leather craftsman, is passionate about leather and preserving the art of shoemaking. The quality, process, and design of every shoe or bag is personal. A Roman by birth, Federico now lives and works in the historic and beautiful city of Orvieto (located in Umbria, Italy).

“I am always working to improve my techniques and the product I make,” says Federico. “I search for the best leather and designs for bags and shoes. My goal is to make a product with traditional quality that really can last for a lifetime. Timeless elegance with a flare, that’s the goal. I love the material I work with: leather, which is so versatile and beautiful.” He designs, cuts, sews, and sculpts, each pair of shoes entirely by hand in his Bottega (workshop) where he invites visitors to come and learn about the process.

Federico Badia has been working with leather for 10 years. First in a small pelletteria (a leather shop), making belts, bracelets, and eventually various bags. During this time he first discovered his interest in leather, which has grown over the years. Eventually, he discovered that his true passion lay in the art of traditional shoemaking, which has begun to die out even in Italy. He apprenticed for a year and a half in Rome, learning about leather tanning and quality, sewing techniques, goodyear welting, pattern design, and construction. After working from  home for a year, in June 2011, he opened a shop in Orvieto, Italy. All the leather used by Federico Badia is individually selected from the best tanneries in Italy to guarantee quality.