From pioneering footwear to innovative actuators

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A closer look at FAVARON’s unique journey in Italy and its search for a US partner.

What do a pair of ‘sgàlmare’ and some spray actuators have in common? To answer this question, it is important to know, firstly, what sgàlmare are: a pair of shoes with a leather upper section and a thick and studded wooden sole, very common in northeast Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries. At first glance, they have nothing in common with a paint marker actuator. Here, Luigi Favaron provides a clue to help solve the riddle.

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Founded in the late 19th century, along the beautiful Riviera del Brenta, the waterway linking Venice to Padua dotted by many Palladian villas, Favaron, a family-run company started manufacturing wooden clogs named sgàlmare. Later on, in the 1950s, the luxury shoe district of the Riviera del Brenta was flourishing and the Nobel Giulio Natta discovered the isotactic polypropylene, a flexible product that could be made into any shape. Luigi’s father, Primo, was asked to manufacture plastic heels, in new, fancy designs for the inventive and fashionable footwear...

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