Good memory. Yes, Martegani was actually one of the first Italians to open a showroom in NYC and had a very good business throughout the late 70's and the 80's with the 'typical' Italian production at the time...light weight soles, construction, low vamps, etc. In the 90's the family pulled back and concentrated on production for other labels, which was very profitable as marketing took over the business and many of the 'brands' (not too different today) were really just advertising companies with real-estate. Cole-Haan was huge at the time, and they really perfected this concept. About two years ago, with no heirs from the family, the Martegani's sold the factory to the Corti family, which had operated a small factory specializing in more traditional production, and were looking to expand their capacity as well as presence. The two families had worked together on some other projects, so the transition was easy. Today, the Martegani production is far different than the 'old style' Italian shoes (they call it the Artioli type shoes) and the Blake/Rapid construction is the main 'work' of the factory, as well as straight Blake, Norvegese, and a few twists on each as Giancarlo Corti is always tinkering with the constructions. Also, this is the genesis of the 'Handmade' program I am finalizing the details on, as this workshop has been maintained from the Cortina days. The most unique aspect of the new Martegani is probably the openness of the factory to produce customized orders on a one-by-one basis at a reasonable cost and delivery...this is rare and really fits into how the industry has evolved here in the US, with tailored clothing stores becoming the main points of distribution for better shoes as the quality/numbers of good shoe shops has declined tremendously over the last decade here.