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Where in Italy Common Projects shoes are made?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I realize that many of you don't care about what i would like to know but, if anybody knows where Common Projects are made i would like to go there and tell the forum about my visit.
thanks
Dodo
post #2 of 25
Not for sure, but i remember the rumours when they first started out that they were made where lanvin made their sneakers. Or many other high end lables that share that sewn rubber sole. I remember that was one of their selling points when they first came out, having a lanvin esque ( in terms of quality ) shoe at fraction of the price, haha, how much that has changed ....
post #3 of 25
One of my friends used to live next door to the guy who makes them. He had a separate building in his backyard where he did his work. Kinda weird, apparently, since the building was more of a shack, all loose planks and stuff. My friend would only see him at night or waaay early in the morning, sneaking out back in just his underwear, sometimes holding a hammer, sometimes not. Then, every month or so, the big truck would come to collect the shoes. And he'd always see the man arguing with the driver about something or another. I might still have the address if you want it.
post #4 of 25
Don't know about CP, but the center of the Italian shoe industry is a town outside of Florence called Prato. Its supposedly filled with thousands of undocumented Chinese immigrants who are the ones working in the factories. Much like most of the South, where undocumented North African labor has replaced the more expensive Italian laborers. Hoping that will change, as the economy in the South is all but ruined because of it, but then again, the Tuscans can go f*ck themselves for all i care.
post #5 of 25
it is just a pair of sneakers, if one of the reasons why you are buying it bc it is made in italy then you need to get a reality check, the marketing people have got you by the balls. and for the people who think their sneakers are made by skilled artisans in italy, italy has immigration, most of the clothing factories just employ immigrants at low wages, did you really expect to see white people working in sewing factories? its just clothes, don't forget it.
post #6 of 25
who put sand up your vagina?

i would be interested in seeing where CPs are made, whether immigrant or not
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

Don't know about CP, but the center of the Italian shoe industry is a town outside of Florence called Prato. Its supposedly filled with thousands of undocumented Chinese immigrants who are the ones working in the factories. Much like most of the South, where undocumented North African labor has replaced the more expensive Italian laborers. Hoping that will change, as the economy in the South is all but ruined because of it, but then again, the Tuscans can go f*ck themselves for all i care.

This.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by iroh View Post

it is just a pair of sneakers, if one of the reasons why you are buying it bc it is made in italy then you need to get a reality check, the marketing people have got you by the balls. and for the people who think their sneakers are made by skilled artisans in italy, italy has immigration, most of the clothing factories just employ immigrants at low wages, did you really expect to see white people working in sewing factories? its just clothes, don't forget it.

Calm down.

+1 on finding out where CPs are made
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Bam!ChairDance View Post

One of my friends used to live next door to the guy who makes them. He had a separate building in his backyard where he did his work. Kinda weird, apparently, since the building was more of a shack, all loose planks and stuff. My friend would only see him at night or waaay early in the morning, sneaking out back in just his underwear, sometimes holding a hammer, sometimes not. Then, every month or so, the big truck would come to collect the shoes. And he'd always see the man arguing with the driver about something or another. I might still have the address if you want it.

It could be nice if you can give further informations about it. Any info is appreciated!

Anyway the place could be in Marche region, where shoes are mostly made in Italy, I know it's just a sneaker but i like them and I would like to visit the place if it's possible, that's all!!
post #10 of 25
google common projects import documents or common projects bill of lading. their import records show where they get their shipments from. i did some poking around and found that they get their shoes from multiple manufacturers, so i guess it depends on what model you are looking for.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Fycus View Post

google common projects import documents or common projects bill of lading. their import records show where they get their shipments from. i did some poking around and found that they get their shoes from multiple manufacturers, so i guess it depends on what model you are looking for.

To expand on this, unless you are essentially just an atelier, or a bespoke maker with your own manufacturing facilities (like Rubinacci) or have very limited offerings (for example, Wings+Horns really just makes 2 sneakers, in different colorways) you'll find that nearly all companies use a variety of different factories, and that these factories can change from for year to year, season to season.

Sneaker factories are booooorrrrrrring. This from a guy who wears sneakers most of the time. It's much more interesting to go to a "proper" shoe manufacturer, especially some old school company like the English have in Northhampton, where you go from some pretty mechanized outfits to some people who still do things primarily by hand.
post #12 of 25
Chinese immigration

The city of Prato has the second largest Chinese immigrant population in Italy (after Milan with Italy's largest Chinatown). Legal Chinese residents in Prato on 31 December 2008 were 9,927.[1] Local authorities estimate the number of Chinese citizens living in Prato to be around 45,000, illegal immigrants included.[2] Most overseas Chinese come from the city of Wenzhou in the region of Zhejiang. Some of them have moved from Chinatown in Paris. The first Chinese people came to Prato in the early 1990s. The majority of Chinese work in 3,500 workshops in the garment industry and ready-to-wear. Chinatown is located in the west part of the city, spreading to Porta Pistoiese in the historical centre. The local Chamber of Commerce registered over 3,100 Chinese businesses by September 2008.[3] Most of them are located in an industrial park named Macrolotto di Iolo. Raids on factories employing illegal immigrants in 2010 highlighted problems with the growth of an apparel industry in Prato based on cheap, and sometimes illegal, labor.

(courtesy of wikipedia)

Imported from La Spezia which is a stones throw from Prato, though not it's nearest port.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

Sneaker factories are booooorrrrrrring. This from a guy who wears sneakers most of the time. It's much more interesting to go to a "proper" shoe manufacturer, especially some old school company like the English have in Northhampton, where you go from some pretty mechanized outfits to some people who still do things primarily by hand.

I saw a tv show a couple weeks back, where they visited Alfred Sergent factory and followed the production, pretty amazing


NB Flimby UK factory tour, I imagine that it's pretty much the same thing.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

Chinese immigration
The city of Prato has the second largest Chinese immigrant population in Italy (after Milan with Italy's largest Chinatown). Legal Chinese residents in Prato on 31 December 2008 were 9,927.[1] Local authorities estimate the number of Chinese citizens living in Prato to be around 45,000, illegal immigrants included.[2] Most overseas Chinese come from the city of Wenzhou in the region of Zhejiang. Some of them have moved from Chinatown in Paris. The first Chinese people came to Prato in the early 1990s. The majority of Chinese work in 3,500 workshops in the garment industry and ready-to-wear. Chinatown is located in the west part of the city, spreading to Porta Pistoiese in the historical centre. The local Chamber of Commerce registered over 3,100 Chinese businesses by September 2008.[3] Most of them are located in an industrial park named Macrolotto di Iolo. Raids on factories employing illegal immigrants in 2010 highlighted problems with the growth of an apparel industry in Prato based on cheap, and sometimes illegal, labor.
(courtesy of wikipedia)
Imported from La Spezia which is a stones throw from Prato, though not it's nearest port.

Made in China in Italy
post #15 of 25
I think I dug up the name 'Manifatturo Ferrarese' as a possible production site for CP and some LVMH branded shoes long ago during some research.
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