December 14, 2012 BY CAPSULESNEWS

Fracap is one of those rare, family owned brands making product for over a century that’s still relevant today. The company, based in Lecce, Italy, has been making exquisitely crafted leather boots since 1908, when renowned craftsman Antonio Cappello opened his first workshop. The craftsmanship was based on an old tradition rooted in the country side of Monteroni di Lecce, a small town of around 800 families that specialized in the production of footwear suitable for the fishing and agricultural industries. In 1948 Cappello left the company to his two sons, Alfredo and Giovanni, who changed the name of the family business to Fracap, made out of Fratello Cappello (Cappello Bros.). In 1987, Alfredo’s sons, Anthony and Michael took over the reins of the family business and began making footwear for the Italian Army, the Air Force, Navy and Carabinieri.

Today, Calzaturificio Fracap uses leathers from fine Italian tanneries and materials made in Italy. WATM caught up with Antonio Capello and creative consultant Jonathan Soriano as the brand releases a collaboration with Harris Tweed.

Read the full interview here.