Bontoni is a third-generation Italian family business that produces a very exclusive range of made-to-measure and ready-made men’s dress shoes. Bontoni’s nine-person workshop is located on the outskirts of Montegranaro in the Marche region of Italy.
Bontoni was founded in 2004 by Franco Gazzani (third generation of family shoemakers) and his distant cousin Lewis Cutillo. Gazzani’s grandfather and father made unlabelled shoes for their family and friends. Many of the models worn by the brand were originally created by Gazzani’s father and grandfather. The name Bontoni comes from the French bon ton, which means “sophisticated way”.
Bontoni produces less than 9 to 12 pairs per day. The family business is renowned for its rich hand-colored leathers, its high level of craftsmanship, and its limited production. The Bottega de Bontoni, or workshop, is located in the Marche region of Italy. It takes about twelve weeks to make a ready-made pair of shoes and ten months for a custom-made pair. Bontoni’s ready-to-wear shoe collection is available from a limited number of exclusive manufacturers around the world. Bontoni’s U.S. retailers include Bergdorf Goodman, Wilkes Bashford, Harrods, Beymen, Richard’s, Mario’s, Boyds, Stanley Korshak, and many others.