Mario Valentino Spa was founded by Mario Valentino in 1952 in Naples, where the head office still is today. The company works with its own Trademark in leather goods worldwide, producing footwear, accessories and clothes.
The first shoes brought by the Trademark “Valentino” were made in the early 20th century in Naples by Mario’s father, Vincenzo Valentino, who had been considered one of the best craftsman in the world, since the beginning of his valued work. Even King Vittorio Emanuele ordered some shoes from him.
In his small factory in Naples, he created wonderful, made to measure, shoes: light, elegant, in demand and very expensive. In fashion anthologies Mario Valentino is remembered as the creator of the legendary stiletto heel and of the common woman moccasin.
The founder of Maison Mario Valentino was deeply keen on art and considered fashion as a similar and permeable world. Many artists such as Andy Warhol, Pomodoro and Rauschenberg appreciated and shared this concept. (IFA represents NL, UK and Scandinavia) Si