Barbanera

A Stylish man doesn’t have to be “trendy”.

A shoe tells the world who you are and, alone, it can change the way a man presents himself.

A well dressed man with ugly shoes is nothing but a man with ugly shoes.

A Stylish man doesn’t have to be “trendy”. He doesn’t care about trends, he gets noticed for his uniqueness and elegance.
These are the convictions behind the project Barbanera, started in 2011 by two couples of brothers.

Although coming from very different working backgrounds (a rock musician, an advertising executive for luxury brands and two entrepreneurs) they share the passion for hand crafted shoes and the conviction that style is something that you can only recognise once you see it and it  has nothing to do with temporary fashion.

Each one of these four partners contributed with his personal taste for the creation of a unique collection of gentlemens shoes with a strong twist, which can be “dandy” as well as “classic” thanks to the design and  dedicated selection of materials and colours.

Inspiration comes from the real dandies from the past, jazz music, rock’n’roll/blues musicians, writers, painters, artists, all people with strong characters, that used to change and influence what surrounded them instead of being influenced by. People that decided to risk and to create trends, instead of following them. The name of each model of the collection is a good example of that.

Philosophy | No Compromise.

The idea behind Barbanera is to create  high quality and timeless shoes with NO COMPROMISE, thanks to a combination of tradition, precious leathers, true creative harmony and unsurpassed Italian craftsmanship.

Usually, there is a distinction between good classic shoes made by old shoemakers and “cool” shoes made by fashion brands. The first ones are not so “fancy” but made with very high quality. The other ones are captivating but not so good in terms of quality.
With Barbanera, this distinction doesn’t exist. Every kind of model (classic, dandy, rock’n’roll) got the same (high) quality.

A shoe never lies.

They’re not only good looking shoes, but durable, thanks to the great care for details and for finishing. Great design, with a great quality. That epitomizes the philosophy of the brand.

Comfort and uniqueness are guaranteed by the carefully chosen leather and materials, the “Goodyear” welting process, the care for details.

Following the success of the shoes, in 2017 Barbanera launches the first apparel and accessories collection. Shirts, jacket, tshirts, scarves, hats are totally made in Italy utilizing the best fabrics available, with the typical “Barbanera style”: a mixture between sartorial, country and “rock’n’roll” elements. Cool and timeless at the same time. Like the real modern gentleman style should be.

Cartujano | A Step Back in Time

CARTUJANO LEATHERS.

We come from a land soaked in sunlight, tinted by the green of olive trees. Land of light and shadow, full of contrast.

Craftsmen since 1877.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Antonio Fluxá brought together a group of artisans in Inca, a small town in Mallorca, where he established a workshop to produce high quality footwear.

Years later, he imported the first Goodyear welting machines from England to industrialise the process. The Goodyear welt is considered the best system for manufacturing quality and durability.

Today, 139 years later, the fourth generation of the family continues to uphold this commitment to excellence. Cartujano blends this legacy with a rich fusion of art, culture and history creating timeless pieces that are unique.

Spanish Contemporary Craftmanship.

Each village, with its own unique community and culture possesses a secret and specialist knowledge embedded in the work of its local artisans.


Cartujano defends the survival of these authentic crafts and skills. All Cartujano products are made in Spain, forged by generations of tradition. The result reveals the beauty of excellence, combining design and new techniques to create contemporary products.

Respect for tradition, passion for quality and beauty are present in every piece within the collection.

GOODYEAR WELT.

One of the most highly regarded techniques for the manufacture of shoes, used for more than a century. The process, of more than 150 steps, consists of a double stitching which bonds the leather with the insole to the sole, to provide an unsurpassable durability that exceeds that of conventional shoe construction. Double stitching also provides added comfort and isolation as the natural cork layer, characteristic in this method, molds to the insole and, in time, is shaped by the foot.

The White Town of Andalusia.

In the heart of Andalusia lies the white village of Ubrique, where the bags of Cartujano were first conceived. A trinity of elements; water, chalk and cork, cultivated the development of tanneries by Roman and Arab settlers. Centuries on, artisans continue to give life to refined and flawless leather goods.