NEWS & EVENTS
From Spain to London:
Stepping into the Bootmaking Tradition
Mariano's journey to becoming a bespoke boot and shoemaker was featured in The Epoch Times on June 8, 2018.
Leather: Then & Now
Mariano is proud to have been involved in the Leather - Then & Now Exhibition, curated by the Bill Amberg Studio as part of the London Craft Week 2018.
20 unique and historically important pieces from the National Leather Collection were paired with their contemporary equivalent to demonstrate how techniques have changed, or in the case of traditional handcrafted shoemaking, stayed the same.
Mariano's handcrafted men's Oxford shoe was on display alongside an 1850 Crocodile skin shoe as part of the London Craft Week exhibition.
Mariano was awarded the prestigious Cockpit Arts/Leathersellers' Award in November 2017 in recognition of his work and talent as a bespoke handcrafted shoemaker.
The Leathersellers’ Company is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. It was founded by royal charter in 1444 with authority to control the sale of leather within the City. The Company now focuses on providing support for charity, education and the British leather trade.
Mariano was the proud recipient of the Cockpit Arts/Greater Area of London NADFAS Award in September 2016, which enabled him to set up his own London-based studio.
This award focuses on supporting and protecting crafts that are at risk of dying out. The tradition of handmade bespoke shoes is an ancient craft, which is practiced by very few artisans. Mariano is passionate about preserving this old craft and ensuring that the techniques, skills and knowledge continue to be passed on.
NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts) formed in 1968, becoming a registered charity in the 1970s. In 2017, NADFAS was renamed The Art Society. Today, they are a leading arts education charity with a global network, which aims to bring people together through a shared curiosity of the arts.
Handmade: By Royal Appointment
2016 BBC Documentary
Mariano was involved in the filming of the 2016 BBC documentary: "Handmade: By Royal Appointment", which was filmed at JOHN LOBB in London. Mariano was featured in this documentary talking about the bespoke shoemaking process.
The Painter's Muse
Mariano was proud to be featured in a painting by the London-based, award-winning painter, Lewis Hazelwood-Horner. This painting formed part of an exhibition in August 2015.