"Do all things with love."

- Og Mandino

Our mission

We embrace your creativity and give shoe companies the opportunity to pursue the dream of creating your unique piece by applying the art of Italian craftsmanship.

Italian shoe maker working in an italian shoe factory

About us

ISM is a 100% Italy based luxury boutique manufacturer, specialized on high-quality footwear and handbags.

Originating from Le Marche, a historical region famous for leather craft and shoemaking, the ISM team embraces three decades of Italian artisans’ knowledge, mastery, dedication and passion to deliver the best Italian manufacturing to a niche upscale market.

We provide design, development, prototyping and manufacturing solutions for handbag & shoe companies, international brands, individual designers and fashion start-ups.

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collections developed
samples manufactured
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Why Choose Us

Have an idea of creating a unique piece but not sure how to turn your creative concepts into professional designs? Our in-house design team will provide style interpretations and design proposals based on your ideas, moodboards, objectives and target market.
The production of each piece goes hand-in-hand with our core values of Italian craftsmanship well-combined with modern-day technologies, considering environment and social responsibilities along the way.

Helpful team based in Marche region

Our team of artisans, craftsmen, designers, creative industry experts and project managers has streamlined and perfected the manufacturing processes, allowing our customers to focus on brand development, marketing, sales and overall brand mission.

Put an exquisite design on the market by getting  assistance from our Italy based creative team.

Receive expert  guidance to avoid common pitfalls of shoe companies and strategy mistakes  while starting your own shoe or handbag line.

Demonstrate genuinity of your products by adding photo & video straight from the factory.

Our Location

ISM is based in Le Marche, Italy, a region overlooking rolling valleys and boasting more than 3,000 footwear suppliers, manufacturers, shoe companies, artisans, workshops and tanneries.

ISM location landscape with shoe companies

Our Team

The ISM team is a collective of specialists in footwear and handbags design, sourcing, production and management. Our highly experienced traditional & contemporary craftspeople, designers, consultants and technicians for generations have been delivering the best of Italian manufacturing to the global market. Our roots are the representation of the industrial skills and passionate drive we have to make things happen.

Meet our front office members who will help you bring your ideas to life:

Valentina Franca ISM team member and senior project manager

Valentina Franca

Senior PM & General Manager

Born and raised in a family of shoemakers, Valentina started her career in a Logistics & Shipping company in Le Marche and became responsible for overseas brands such as Marc Jacobs. Then moved to Quality Control where she understood all the nitty gritty details of shoemaking and how to achieve a top quality product.

She worked as QC manager for collections of international brands such as Zegna, Scervino, Icicle, Alaïa, Attico and MiuMiu. She joined the ISM team in 2017 and since then gained invaluable experience managing the production of countless fashion brands and shoe companies, from startups to luxury labels, working directly and closely with artisans, craftsmen, workshops, factories and material suppliers, at the same time managing the overall production process, liaising and advising designers and brand’s Product managers. In her life, Valentina loves long mountain treks and being in touch with nature; she’s also inseparable from her pets.

Alessia Carpera

Senior PM

Born and raised in Le Marche, Alessia was exposed to the shoe making culture all her life. She started her fashion career path at Fornarina, a famous Italian shoe and accessories brand, where she was working for 14 years as a Project Manager. She joined the ISM team in 2016 and since then has helped countless fashion brands to bring their dream projects to life.

Alessia’s client portfolio includes both, start ups and well-established luxury brands, which makes her very knowledgeable in managing different types of projects and getting “on the same page” with the clients very quickly. She is also an expert on material sourcing, covering both leathers and sustainable materials such as vegan fibres and vegetable tanned leather. In her life, Alessia is an excellent skier and would never miss a chance to spend a few days in the Alps.

Alessia Carpera ISM team member and shoe expert
Mariagiulia Pasquini ISM team member and project manager

Maria Giulia Pasquini

Project Manager

Having always been enjoying exposure to the international environment, Maria Giulia started her career as an interpreter at the biggest footwear fair in Milan (MICAM), where she developed her passion for the world of fashion. To learn more about the fashion industry, she did an internship at a Italian jewellery manufacturer where she was working closely with the foreign customer base.

She joined the ISM team in 2020 to continue her journey in the fashion environment. Her knowledge of languages and foreign cultures helped her to quickly get involved into the numerous projects and to successfully manage them. In her life, MG loves to travel and pick up a new language or a cooking recipe as souvenirs. She is also a professional cinema and theater “goer” and would never miss a new movie or a play coming out.

Gianluca Rogani

Lead artisan and paper pattern guru

Having grown up in a family of luxury handbag manufacturers, for Gianluca the fashion environment has always been a “second home”. At the age of 14 he was already clear about his path choosing to study as a pattern maker and at the age of 16 he already started collaborating with a local studio in Le Marche as a product developer for luxury shoes and bags.

After having gained a lot of experience, he decided to start his own prototyping and sampling workshop at his family handbag & shoe factory. In 2014 he joined the ISM team to become the lead artisan, bringing all his paper pattern experience to help our customers make even the most extravagant ideas come true. In his life, Gianluca enjoys playing tennis, football and…playstation.

Gianluca Rogani handbag and shoe artisan

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