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50 years of Fabi (part I): against fate, obstinacy and desire for redemption

“When you’re nobody, nobody looks at you in the face”

Elisio Fabi

Today, if you cross the threshold of the large and modern headquarters of Fabi, in Monte San Giusto, you won’t believe how it all began. Because the history of the Maison is the story of a family business that began fifty years ago, though not physically far from the place where is now, certainly thousands of ideal miles away from where is today.

The story begins in Montegranaro, a town in the province of Marche, Italy. Fabi were a peasant family that was divided between sharecropping and direct cultivation. At that time, as noted by Elisio, the shoes were a luxury and the peasants used to make them with a wooden sole, an old upper assembled with a little of tin and rubber to avoid slipping. The summer was the barefoot time.

Indeed, the world of Montegranaro, as well as for the most part of rural Italy, was divided in two: those who had the shoes and those who had not. The first were those who worked in the nascent footwear industry that today is a Made in Italy excellence, the others were peasants.

For a farmer, owning beautiful shoes, even used, was a dream that could come true only through the generosity of those who had more economic possibilities.

1956: first blow of fate, his father’s death

Elisio and Enrico’s father died after an operation for gastric ulcer. The boys were young, Elisio was just 13, but this meant abandoning his studies to financially support the family.

Probably, if Elisio and Enrico’s father had not died prematurely, would come true the grandfather Enrico’s dream: to have a large owned farm with many animals. And probably, today, we would not be here to tell the story of Fabi.

1960: work in shoe factories

Elisio and Enrico abandoned their fields to seize the opportunities offered by industry. They experienced in small and medium shoe factories, learning the craft: Elisio cut skins, Enrico sewed tubulars.

Enrico-e-Vilia1965: the business idea and the first steps

Hence the idea of enterprise, involving Gina and Vilia: the future wife of Elisio and the wife of Enrico.

“Maybe you don’t figure what you’re in”: this was the encouragement Elisio received by those who knew how hard was doing business. But the desire for redemption was too much.

It all began in a basement, with the home production of a sample of ten pairs of men’s shoes. They carried the brand FFF imprinted.

But the first sales experience was not the best: Elisio went by the holders of a shoe factory and opened his briefcase with the samples. “Do you know how many tubolars I can find at this price?” Said with contempt one of the two owners, launching one of the first shoes Fabi.

The first commission came after six and a half hour trip, in Molfetta, where lived the first customer: Mr. Balducci. The order was a hundred shoes.

Elisio-e-Moglie1966: The second stroke of fate, the earthquake in Sicily

The sales network was expanding rapidly, up to Sicily. They used to work day and night, for six and a half days a week.

Following an earthquake in Sicily, was enacted a law which canceled the debts of the Sicilian earthquake victims. For the brothers Fabi this caused considerable economic damage, with drafts and bills defaulted that had been turn to suppliers.

In ’68 and ’69 the whole work was for paying back the debts. But fate also came to the rescue of Fabi with the devaluation of the lira in the early 70s. Brothers Fabi’s tenacity and desire for redemption was rewarded with the first successes.

And the story continues.


High heel sandals summer 2015: the essential accessory of the sensual elegance

There are few things among women’s fashion garments and accessories that succeed better then high heels sandals to combine the idea of freshness and freedom with the idea of sensual elegance. They expose the foot with sophistication, slim the leg, offer a variety of styles that fit perfectly to the needs of a everyday style, as well as allow you to create irresistible outfits for special occasions (ceremonies included).

What will be the high-heeled sandals trend for spring summer 2015? Here’s a selection of creations from the women’s collection by Fabi:

Channel style – From a great classic of women’s footwear, a shoe that can complete with class the most refined outfits as well as a relaxed look. In the version in paint for the special evenings; laminated to embellish an outfit for an ceremony, in perforated suede for maximum freshness.

Wide heel – When elegance rhymes with comfort, wide heel becomes a must. It also becomes an occasion for style with the details that mark the difference: floral decorations, metal trim and leather contrast.

Stiletto – When sensuality becomes more aggressive, stings like a stiletto heel. The ankle strap, decorated with an elegant Fabi monogram or floral fantasies gives a touch of class.

Jewel sandals – 110 mm Stiletto, 15 mm plateau, T-strap and rhinestone decorations with silver trim: the perfect shoe for a special occasion.

The spring summer 2015 high-heeled sandals from women’s collection by Fabi are waiting for you in our online boutique and in our shops in the most prestigious fashion streets worldwide.

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Ballerinas spring summer 2015, romantic chic

Perfect to be matched with a pair of pants or leggings, to combine with a skirt for a flawless 50s look, ballerinas are the shoes for the woman who does not want to give up the class even on the hottest days of the spring and summer.

Made famous by the big screen and worn by stars like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepbourn, ballerinas have become icons of an unconventional and breezy style.

The women’s collection S/S 2015 by Fabi offers many models of ballerinas ready to take place in your shoe-rack and to give you many opportunities to create new styles:

Shiny ballerinas - A classic of the classic, but made exclusive by the monogram of Fabi on the tips.

Ballerinas in perforated leather – Beautiful, practical and fresh. Ideal for the warmer days of spring summer 2015.

Heels - Even if they are the flat par excellence, a few inches of elevation and the perspective changes. For more formal occasions, opt for the heel.

Laminated ballerinas- Shining like precious jewels made of red gold and pure silver. Ideal to go with you out for a cocktail with friends.

Stretch ballerinas – The ultimate in comfort and freedom, without sacrificing style. To take with you wherever you go: go even in the hand luggage.

The collection of designer ballerinas by Fabi spring summer 2015 can be found in our online boutique and in our stores worldwide.

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Fabi, 50 years of excellence in the Made in Italy footwear

The work had grown a lot, but I continued to cut uppers and linings alone… Actually it was a challenge against all: I, the little David, against two hundred Goliath, because there were so many big factories in Montegranaro in the 60s.

Elisio Fabi

The story of the Maison Fabi begins 50 years ago in a basement of a small town in Marche, Italy. Today, the collections go around the world and the monogram Fabi has become synonymous with excellence in the footwear and fashion Made in Italy.

A story of social redemption that brought the two brothers Elisio and Enrico Fabi, with their families, to travel a long way and stand out in a competitive market such as the footwear market.

Each model of the creations by Fabi, after 50 years, continues to tell this story and the ingredients of its success: dedication, skill, taste and quality.

Besides this, there was the courage to identify and face the challenges; element that allowed Fabi to make the leap from “little factory” (as he likes to call it Elisio Fabi in his memoir) which employed a handful of workers after the Factories working hours, to an international company that exports Made in Italy in the world.

Classic elegance reinterpreted by each new collection of the Maison is the expression of the winning formula that has brought the brand to the forefront of fashion. Tradition and innovation: a combination that allowed Fabi to cross the ups and downs of markets and fortune, arriving in the 2015 to proudly tell an extraordinary story.

Sophistication and simplicity here is another combination dear to Fabi. If the pursuit of continuous attention to detail is what made appreciate the creations of the Maison to a wider audience of fashion lovers, remains alive that spirit that has characterized the whole life of Elisio and Enrico Fabi and that has led them to never leave their work tools.

Today, in the era of e-commerce and boutiques overlooking the most prestigious streets in the world, Elisio Fabi continues to cut his skin every day to make you wear a piece of this history.

1965-2015: the first 50 years of Fabi.

Fabi50, the story:

Chapter 1 – Against fate

Chapter 2 – The industrial era

Chapter 3 – The Russian chapter

Chapter 4 – A story without end


Men’s fashion S/S 2015: woven leather shoes, cool sophistication trend

Light, fresh, beautiful and elegant: there are few shoes men’s fashion that interpret better the summer mood then the woven leather shoes. A kind of manufacturing of the shoes top that denotes sophistication and class, but it is also a sign of high quality footwear.

The spring summer 2015 men’s shoes collection by Fabi propose the woven leather shoes, declined to the trendiest models of the season.

The choice of the best leathers and the traditional manufacturing distinguishing the creations by Fabi for its quality, add value to a design that combines the trend and exclusivity.

Below, the most representative models of the woven leather shoes collection, from the spring / summer collection 2015 by Fabi:

Shoes with buckles – The monk, the trendiest shoes of the season, in the Fabi men’s collection also become woven leather shoes. A choice of colors among the palette in vogue in the P / E 2015 (blue, taupe …) complete the proposal of a shoe of great class.

Slipper with tassels – Here, the woven leather goes to embellish a model of moccasin back in vogue, ready to complete the look more sophisticated. Ideal to match an outfit dominated by linen.

Woven effect – The spring / summer men’s collection 2015 by Fabi also proposes a slipper moccasin in perforated leather, woven effect: to ensure maximum comfort in the hottest period of the year, without giving up the trend of woven leather.

Do You want to find out what are the other proposals of woven leather shoes in the collection of Fabi? Then follow the link to the online Boutique and subscribe to our newsletter to get all the updates on the collection.

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