Federico Badia Shoemaker
The two-tone Trieste Card Case is handmade from the high quality vegetable tanned leather. The case is slim and sleek with enough space to easily fit credit or business cards with a central slot for more cards or cash.
Federico Badia is a young Italian shoemaker and leather artisan. His passion is traditional shoemaking, leather craftsmanship, and preserving Italy’s artisan tradition. The quality, process, and design of every shoe or bag is personal. A Roman by birth, Federico now lives and works in the historic and beautiful city of Orvieto (located in Umbria, Italy between Rome and Florence).
Becoming an Italian Shoemaker
Federico Badia has been working with leather for over a decade. First in a small pelletteria (a leather shop), making belts, bracelets, and eventually various bags. While there, he discovered his interest in leather, which has grown over the years. Later, he found that his true passion lay in the art of traditional shoemaking, which has begun to die out even in Italy. He apprenticed for two years in Rome, learning about measurements, shoe lasts, sewing techniques, goodyear welting, pattern design, and construction. After working from home for a year, in June 2011, he opened a shop in Orvieto, Italy. Federico designs, cuts, sews, and sculpts, each pair of shoes entirely by hand in his Bottega (workshop) where he invites visitors to come and learn about the process.