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Hand coloring shoes event.

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Hello, At Barneys New York on Madison Bettanin & Venturi will be having demonstrations of hand stiching shoes as well as hand coloring. Also Kiton demonstrations of shoe/tie productions. Corgi will have special order cashmere hosiery. It is on Saturday, Nov 6th.
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Also Kiton demonstrations of shoe/tie productions
Have we determined yet who makes Kiton footwear? I've seen posted that they are made in-house; but this seems highly unusual. Any definitive answer?
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Have we determined yet who makes Kiton footwear? I've seen posted that they are made in-house; but this seems highly unusual. Any definitive answer?
Well, it's not like Kiton brought a bunch of shoemakers into the suit factory. The story that I've heard is that Kiton bought a smallish shoe workshop. It's an interesting question, though. There can't be very many manufacturers in the world who can produce the quantity that Kiton needs and maintain the level of handwork that Kiton shoes have. The ones that I've seen have as much as Vass or Lattanzi. Anybody on the board know Ciro Paone?
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I couldn't pry the answer out of Marcello, perhaps the next time I'm fortunate enough to run into Signor Bizzocchi, I can get the information koji
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I ran into Ciro Paone at the NYC store on Monday. He said the shoes are made in his factory. Quite a character.
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The story is that they purchased a workshop, 6 shoemakers, and moved it in-house. Though I would expect that they have hired more guys if they want to turn out any kind of volume. I'm fairly certain that is what actually happened, and not just a line they are feeding us.
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Bergdorf Goodman also confirmed this, said that Kiton turned 50% of their factory into making shoes. I don't know where he pulled that number out of as it seems ridiculously high, but another confirmation that they make them in-house.
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The story is that they purchased a workshop, 6 shoemakers, and moved it in-house. Though I would expect that they have hired more guys if they want to turn out any kind of volume.
If you wanted to turn out truly hand-made shoes, you could expect to produce maybe two or three pairs per week per shoemaker, couldn't you? At the upper end, that would add up to 900 pairs per year. Kiton would have had to hire a lot more people produce enough shoes, I would think. Edited to correct idiotic math error.
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