Hello, “BChics”! Today, we want to share with you our interview with Andrea Grecco, the creative mind behind the original handmade shoes Attraverso per Grecco.
Andrea comes from southern Brazil, she’s a model, an artist and has an restless mind. Do you want to know from her own lips how her brand was created and lots of characteristics of her great handcrafted shoes? Let’s go!
Brasilchic – Andrea, could you tell us how did you come up with the idea of making such original shoes?
Andrea Grecco – Among all kinds of footwear, boots have always been my passion, and the idea of creating 100% handmade shoes came from my desire to use this kind of footwear throughout the year in a comfortable way. The first challenge was choosing the best material, because boots are closed shoes. How could I make unique shoes that brought me the same level of comfort than a pair of socks? They should be equally elastic and flexible to offer the necessary freedom of movement.
Brasilchic – It is a really difficult question, what was your technique to obtain these wonderful shoes?
Andrea Grecco – I have always loved working with tricot, and, while making a scarf, I came up to the idea of trying to use leather-like materials. Could I create a tricot sock that became a shoe?
Brasilchic – When did you decide to start your own brand and manufacture your first products for the Brazilian market?
Andrea Grecco – The acceptance of the first unit I manufactured made me start projecting Attraverso Per Grecco, because everybody told me how much they loved it, and asked me where had I bought such an original and different pair of boots. Actually, the beginning was a hard time, it was a six month research, including trials, until I reached the ideal form and materials. After an additional period of six months, I got a final trial that became a great success, with a lot of acceptance in many shops from southern Brazil.
Brasilchic – Andrea, tell us, why an Italian name for a Brazilian brand?
Andrea Grecco – The name Attraverso per Grecco comes from my Italian origins. Greggo is my surname, and Attraverso means “to go through”. Actually, it occurred to my by accident, I guess your origins are always there and come back in key times (laughing).
Brasilchic – Tell us something more about tricot and how do you apply it to your shoes. It’s an original technique applied to footwear.
Andrea Grecco – Tricot is totally handmade, boots are made one by one with special needles and all the needed stitches, depending on their material and their height. Today, we have three heights, short, intermediate and high, in different sizes (36-40).
I work with three materials, and every Attraverso per Grecco boots have elastane to assure an absolute comfort. These high-end materials are suede, distressed suede and synthetic leather. We buy metres of these materials and manufacture the balls for tricot. The materials are cut in strips of a specific thickness in our factory, then, these strips are sticked together and rolled until they form a ball, just like a ball of wool. All this process is carefully handmade.
Brasilchic – It looks like a very tough work, I guess it isn’t possible for any person who likes tricot.
Andrea Grecco – (Laughing) People always ask me that, but, actually, this product requires very specific techniques and machinery which isn’t accessible for everyone.
Brasilchic – We have observed that design is a key part of your products, and I guess clients look for it, am I right?
Andrea Grecco – Our SLIM design, or fine point, is intended to be more elegant and sophisticated, without interfering with toe comfort. Since they are sock boots, we use cords made of the same material instead of zips, and they make our shoes very easy to wear; you only have to open them using your toes. All the users love this feature.
Brasilchic – What about the sole and the heel? What are they made of? They look like natural wood…
Andrea Grecco – The sole is made of flexible rubber, so it adapts itself to the movement of the feet and guarantees an anti-slip footwear. The heel is made of high-resistant light wood, it has a medium height, so it doesn’t affect too much feet anatomy, and is really comfortable to walk.
Brasilchic – Colours are one of the main feautres of your products, where does this variety come from?
Andrea Grecco – They are always selected according to the fashion season, and we make one-of-a-kind series, because of the metres of material acquired by the factory.
Brasilchic – Your product seems to be completely unique. Is it possible that somebody can wear a similar pair of boots which aren’t made by Attraverso per Grecco?
Andrea Grecco – You’re right, that’s impossible. My clients love the idea of wearing something original they cannot find in any shoe shop, and, above everything else, the unequalled comfort of our footwear.
Brasilchic – Thank you, Andrea. This has been Brasilchic’s first interview for our blog. I’m looking forward to speak with you again, talking about many novelties. I know that you can’t stop innovating, as the great entrepeneur you are.
Andrea Grecco – It has been a pleasure to speak with you. I hope we can see each other very soon. Bye!
Before we say goodbye, we want to summarize the Attraverso per Grecco products. We hope you like them and we encourage you to enjoy a unique, comfortable and very elegant product. It is for sure a very Brasilchic product.
Attraverso per Grecco world includes one-of-a-kind, original shoes, perfect for all seasons of the year with a guarantee of comfort.
Summer or winter boots in a single product, 100% handmade, that cover your feet and are as comfortable as a pair of socks.
Women who doesn’t like heels at all have also an option. Attraverso just started a line of ballet pumps, a very light, delicate and comfortable product.
Where can you buy these sophisticated handcrafted shoes? Of course, at Brasilchic.
See you soon!