The Italian designer launched her own brand Manovia70 last year, offering highly original collections and staking everything on the artisanal quality of Made in Italy

At 17 she started collaborating with a footwear design studio but after art studies and Polimoda of Florence, she decided to head for London where she worked for 4 years as visual merchandiser for Burberry and D&G. Nevertheless the passion for footwear was so strong as to draw her back home in 2009, the year she started working with the Operha Design studio.

Despite the tough economic situation I just had to follow my dream: making shoes that are not just a fashion accessory but also a means of expressing your character.

In 2012, after 10 years in the sector, she founded her brand Manovia70.

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The name recalls the assembly line in shoe factories but in my case it stands for the artisanal and handmade nature of my creations, describing the high quality of Made in Italy.

The brand (both the Manovia70 line – a mix & match of colours and materials – and the M70 range that is much more Rock and characterized by black) is now on sale in selected stores such as United Arrows in Tokyo and La Vetrina di Beryl in Milan.