“Leather workshop” by Pazzaglia Matteo

Over the last 30 years we have made shoes for everybody.

1. What do you create and propose to your customers in your workshop?
As a shoemaker, I can do any kind of footwear repairs: heel-pieces and rubber soles, leather soling for all types of shoes (Church’s, Allen-Edmonds, etc., also with Goodyear stitching), shoe heeling, tip shortening, bootleg letting out and taking in, shoe fabric covering for ceremonies, letting out (with hot shoetrees), stain removing, cleaning, dying of all kinds of shoes and also bag repairs. In addition to my classic activity as a shoemaker, I create bags, belts, shoes, sandals and other leather items proposed by the customer. I also produce period shoes for historical costume shows, parades, festivals and other events in costume. I also offer a wide range of products to clean and maintain shoes in good conditions, such as polishes, shoelaces, shoetrees, soles, brushes, etc.

2. Why are your creations unique?
My work is completely manual, therefore, every work has its own story and bears my mark.

3. What materials do you use and transform? Do you employ any special techniques?
I mainly work with leather and rubber. I use shoemaking tools and, above all, my hands. With my hands, I feel I can do almost anything, anything that the customer expects, and, often, even more.

4. Where did you learn how to do this work and how long have you been doing it? Will you pass your wealth of knowledge and experience on to anybody else?
I learned this trade from my father in this shop. When I was a boy, during summer holidays, he took me to our workshop and taught me all his methods and secrets. I took over 11 years ago and I run this activity with the same passion and great care that my father passed on to me. My greatest wish is that our skills and knowledge will be handed down and preserved for a long time and that I’ll be able to teach someone all that I know. Who knows, it might even be my future son.

5. In what way does your activity belong to the history and traditions of this city?
This workshop was set up by my father in 1981. We have been carrying out this activity for thirty years in one of the most beautiful places in Perugia. And over thirty years, our shoes, worn by many people, not only Perugians, have gone a long way. And how many stories they could tell…

6. What is your personal way of participating in the future of Perugia?
By keeping this activity going like my father has done so far and to be a reference point for the inhabitants of the acropolis, because there are only a few people like us left!

7. What arouses your enthusiasm and what makes you the proudest of what you do?
Realizing, each time I have accomplished a work, that I have succeeded in giving new life to an object that had seemed to be useless.

8. What is the greatest emotion that you would like to convey to someone who buys one of your creations?
I would like people to become aware of the passion and professionalism with which I carry out every step of my work.

9. How would you persuade, in a few words, a customer to enter your workshop?
“Please tell us what you want and we’ll do it. Guaranteed!”

10. What are your customers’ most frequent comments about your creations?
They say that our articles are unique and that they perfectly satisfy their expectations.

La Bottega del Cuoio di Pazzaglia Matteo
Via Appia, 5 – 06123 Perugia
Tel./fax: 075 5724646
matto.pazzo@libero.it

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