Dutch shoe designer Louis Leeman and Erica Pelosini met during their studies at Polimoda school in Erica’s hometown of Florence, Italy, the city of birth of the Renaissance. Louis found his passion for handcrafted shoemaking, working side by side with Italian masters, while Erica, who was working for Vogue Japan as a research stylist, found her calling in fashion. Combining their talents and passions they have created a line that caters to fashion conscious men around the world.
Louis Leeman shoes are designed for men who want to preserve a timeless elegance, but with a zesty attitude.
This is why every style is developed with meticulous attention to every detail. Metal accessories, special embroideries, futuristic prints, and top-quality fabrics are the key elements for which the brand stands out.
Traditional Italian craftsmanship is embodied in every pair. Classic shapes are reinterpreted working hand in hand with tuscan artisans.
Still young, as it was born in 2012, Louis Leeman counts stockists all around the world.
Creative directors Erica Pelosini and Louis Leeman have also had the opportunity to collaborate with high fashion brands such as Roberto Cavalli and since 2013 are working with ‘Maestro’ Cesare Casadei to develop his men’s collections.
The year 2013 was sensational for the creative duo as Footwear News honoured them with the prestigious Vivian Enfantino Emerging Talent Award. In July 2014 Erica Pelosini and Louis Leeman got married in Capri with an amazing three day celebration.
The Brand reached a milestone in June 2015 with the opening of its first flagship store in New York on 793 Madison Avenue.