Sam Lucchese Sr. |
San Antonio - July 4th 1898 |
HISTORY OF LUCCHESE...
In 1880 Sam Lucchese Sr. and his 5 brothers came to America, from Italy. Although he was just 17 years old, the young Sam Lucchese had a vision in bootmaking, and just three years later, the Lucchese Boot Company was established in San Antonio, Texas. The family's dedication to its craft and to its customers kept the business alive, but it wasn't until the early 1960s that the founder's grandson, Sam Lucchese, Jr. decided to rethink the bootmaking tradition.
THE MAN BEHIND THE LUCCHESE BOOT...
Some thirty years after Sam Lucchese, Sr. founded the Lucchese boot company, his son, Cosimo gained national fame for the company by expanding their business from calvarymen, and ranchers to well known celebrities as well. After the nineteen fifties, the world has never known a finer, more knowledgeable craftsman than Sam Lucchese Jr. His fascination with and comprehensive understanding of the human foot inspired him to create a boot design that fit like no other. And although Lucchese's one-of-a-kind boot last design required more skill and time, the result was a boot that quickly gained national recognition for its extraordinary comfort, quality and fit.
THE BEST BOOT TAKES TIME...
No other boot fits the human foot like a Lucchese boot, thanks to Lucchese's original design, which remains the only one of its kind in bootmaking today. And because of a continuing commitment to this rare art, the making of a Lucchese boot takes time. From the careful selection and cutting of the finest grade of leathers, to the hand-driven lemon wood pegs and meticulous finishing of a boot, each step is considered critical to their finished product. Their boot designs may demand more money, time and skill, but when you slip your foot into a Lucchese boot, you'll know why they insist on only the finest.
"The final truth is that throughout the whole boot factory, the quality chain is no stronger than its weakest link."
- Sam Lucchese Jr.
HANDS OUT PERFORM MACHINES...
There is no substitute for the experienced hands of a true bootmaker. Every pair of Lucchese boots is hand-inspected, not once, but twice. And although they skive their leather seams by machine, they repeat the process a second time by hand. In virtually every one of their procedures, they rely on human hands to complete the task to near-perfection.
"If you cut leather for your boots in the same way you would carve up a meat carcass for your dinner table, you will be in good shape."
- Sam Lucchese Jr.
VERY CLOSE TO PERFECT...
Every inch of a Lucchese boot is made of the finest grade of leathers. These near-perfect skins are often more expensive, but you can't put a price on unprecedented fit and comfort. The Lucchese boot may demand more moiney, time, and skill, but when you slip your foot into a Lucchese boot, youï¿½ll know why they insist on only the finest.
DRESS LIKE THE STARS...
Raymond Willie and Gregory Peck with Cosimo Lucchese.
…. Since January of 2012 worldwide availability of ostrich skins in general has decreased over 40%
…. Total” industry” shrinkage of the core producers is estimated at 40 to 50% less than a year ago
….co-op farmers have ceased farming ostrich due in part to the lack of export of one of the major by-products…”meat”
…. Therefore, every major provider has had decreased access to skins in excess of 50 to 60% of last years’ availability
…. Current local stock for on hand usage has decreased by over 75% Results: Unavailability of skins is driving the market with general laws of supply and demand
. ……in three short months, demand which remained the same for us, has put excessive pressure on the supply shortage, resulting in a 35% price increase in the material alone
. ….. Expectations are that the 50% mark for price increases will be reached by early summer. ….
Price increases have already been passed to manufacturers of ostrich goods, effective late March 2012, but it is now past the dollar issue. It now lies strictly in supply. Orders are filled by date of order as skins are available. While we hope to maintain a flow of material to our customers, Lucchese is also affected by the 50 to 60% less than needed available skins. This also means that with skins shortages come shortages on deliveries and the reciprocal price increase.