Rene Caovilla

René Fernando Caovilla, conferred with the knighthood of Cavaliere del Lavoro in 2001, is a leading figure in the economy and the publishing industry of the Veneto region. In December 2006 René Caovilla received the prestigious award “Leonardo Qualità Italia” from the President of Italian Republic for his excellent career. The award comes as the perfect recognition of a successful year rich of satisfactions and follows the “Robb Report”, an important result achieved in the USA for the category “Best Evening Shoes”. His wife Paola is the author of books about the world of luxury. The Veneto-based company is one of the gems of Italy’s North-east. Located on the Riviera del Brenta, just a few kilometres from Venice, the atelier-company today exclusively produces René Caovilla signature footwear. The company’s artistic lab is the birthplace of jewel-collections of elegant shoes distributed the world over and to crown this success story they opened Flagship Stores in Milan, Rome, Venice, Porto Cervo, Paris, London, Tokyo, Dubai, Doha and Moscow, bringing Venice into the hearts of each major capital of the world.

This story unfolds at the dawn of the 20th century. The opening chapter was written by Edoardo Caovilla, who learned his trade from the great Venetian industrialist Luigi Voltan, the man who initiated the Riviera del Brenta’s distinguished history of shoe-making. Caovilla embarked on a road that was halfway between handcraft and couture, which his son, René Fernando, evolved in the Fifties, forging the link with art and fashion. With his sights set on the select top-end of the market, he became a sculptor of sophisticated evening shoes, elegant bejewelled creations, sensual super-precious chaussures. René Caovilla thus carved his niche as a creator of international standing. The Seventies saw him enter the fashion arena, thanks to a patron of excellence: Valentino Garavani. The special creative affinity nascent between the couturier and the designer led to the birth of cult objects, fetish creations carrying the signature emblem of ‘Valentino by René Caovilla. Next came the collaboration with Christian Dior, the maison with which Caovilla crafted dreamlike, richly imaginative creations, a mix of fairy tale and reality, for the Parisian catwalk. Then came the era of Chanel, when the artistic spirit of Caovilla met and melded with the rigorous stylistic genius of Karl Lagerfeld.

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