Founder, and owner Ernesto, Gazzola, is still very active in the company, despite his 83 years. When he talks about the people who work for him he uses the word "family" a lot. While too often this is marketing spin, in a company where many of the workers have been there for 30, 40 years it carries more meaning. But in true Italian style he doesn't just want to talk about his company, he is almost equally proud of his prize-winning olive oil that he is cultivating and pressing. If you have never been in Italy during olive harvesting season, you will never have seen real, fresh olive oil - which is thick, almost neon green and carrying a huge pepper kick when you taste it. It's a world away from the yellowy-water you find in supermarkets. At this time of year, he holds his meetings over oil, tasting it with his guests and clients, before getting down to business.
The shoes of their sponsored athletes, past and present take pride of place in their showroom.
Design then begins by covering the footform with art tape that can be drawn on and they can start to layout the shoe as it will sit on the foot. Once they have a shape they are happy with the tape is then ultra-carefully peeled from the form.
The elements of the upper are then all stitched together by hand.