Sarah Flint credits time spent in Italy studying pattern making and the technical aspects of handmade shoes as the foundation of her namesake brand, which she launched in 2013. She conceives each of her sophisticated collections with an unwavering devotion to sleek construction and high quality. Her passion for craftsmanship has made her a lifelong fan of Gravati—the family-owned factory in Vigevano, Italy, that’s been making every single pair of its shoes completely by hand since 1909.

“I’ve wanted to work with them since I first discovered my mom’s boots, which she’s had literally since high school and still wore,” explains Flint. “I was obsessed with this brand and knew it was made in the same region as the rest of my shoes. I knew I had to figure out a way to meet these guys, which I eventually did.” That meeting blossomed into a creative collaboration, and the Lucy ankle boot was born. The shoe takes Flint’s signature minimal-with-a-twist design and employs Gravati’s legacy of immaculate handmade construction.

“In modern manufacturing, most important construction processes happen outside of the factory with external suppliers. We decide to go against this trend and keep control of all the important phases directly inside the factory in order to produce a shoe that can truly be called 100% artisanal,” explains master shoemaker Ettore Gravati. “Sarah’s shoes were very much in line with our own collections.” In fact, Sarah Flint is the first American they’ve ever collaborated with and only the second outside designer, making the collaboration truly unprecedented.

Watch the above video for an inside look at this exciting collaboration.

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Sarah Flint with master shoemakers Ettore Gravati and Ceasare Gravati at the factory in Vigevano, Italy.
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Graviti uses various techniques to ensure high quality. For example, cork on the inside for breathability and Goodyear construction, a stitching process that makes the shoe incredible flexible and durable.
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“What makes Gravati special is that the entire shoe is made in-house, whereas most designers make the heel one place, the outsole one place, and so on. They make everything from the insole to the outsole under one roof.” – Sarah Flint
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Every single shoe is hand-examined before it goes into its box.

 

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