We are shoemakers, as our father was, and his father before him. It's in our blood. We have known it our entire lives. I still remember when my dad first took us to visit the factory - the sound of whirling sewing machines, and the smacks of hammers filled the air while men and women carefully packaged the polished shoes into their new green boxes.
Pascual, my father, learned shoemaking from my grandfather at a young age. It is an exacting craft not suited for the impatient. He thrived on its precise nature and the satisfaction of turning a sketch into a gentleman's favorite pair of shoes. Pascual's drive for perfection motivated him to become head designer before turning 20-years old. Under his leadership and fueled with a passion for creating a line of shoes more elegant and luxurious than ever before, Pascual rebranded the company under a new name, Magnanni.
La Mancha, SPAIN
La Mancha remains mostly untouched by the modern world. Time goes by a little slower, and appreciation for family is paramount. Trades are passed down from generation to generation. This arid but fertile region is famous for the food and wine produced here. Farmers and craftsmen meticulously refine every detail of their work; it’s done the hard way, but the right way. Shoemaking is no exception. We are proud to uphold the longstanding family traditions started three generations ago. Many hands touch every pair that goes through our factory to ensure quality. This is how we grew up; this is what we know best. Great food, great wine, great shoes - this is home.
We were one of the very first shoemakers to take natural leather shoes and dye them by hand to achieve what is now known as patina. Our lead designer has paved the way in original hand painted design for nearly 15 years. Each pair of beautifully marbled shoes goes through several steps of color treatment resulting in a finish that is never duplicated..
The Opanka hand stitched sole has become a renowned stamp of quality and craftsmanship for our brand. It takes years of apprenticeship for an artisan to earn the title of Artesano which allows him to work on these meticulously crafted shoes. The delicate art involves sewing an extension of the sole to the upper to create a look rarely seen in men's footwear.
When it comes to material, we only source the highest grade leathers. Our in-house experts regularly travel to tanneries in Italy, France, and Spain to hand pick every batch of leather used to make our shoes. From luxurious calfskin to exotic lizard, crocodile, and alligator, each piece is scrupulously inspected and cut by master shoemakers.
The company began in 1954 with just five employees in a factory located in Almansa, Spain, on the ground floor of a house. In 1956, Sebastian Blanco partnered with Antonio Garcia Pastor and Blanco Y Garcia S.L. was born. The company's products were registered under a new brand, Blangar. In 1989, the third generation of the Blanco family began to take its place at the head of the company. Miguel was the first member of this generation to join the family business. He was soon followed by Sebastian, Pascual, Luis, Rocio and Julio.