Learning the manufacturing process is really important. Designing something that is beautiful, functional and practical is not easy, so learning about the machines and stages of production help to give parameters. For example, we knew that in order to make our Martino clogs more comfortable, right out of the box, we wanted to add a hidden elastic gore. That small piece of design requires not only extra time in stitching the uppers, it requires expertise when its being lasted, all adding to the cost. But for us, this is something we wouldn't compromise. Comfort and quality can’t be second to price and speed.
The day is winding down so we step outside to pet Stella and watch the sky turn pink around us. Before we get back on the freeway, we’ll head for aperitvo, and let the traffic die down. When I was still in design school, 18 years ago, I dreamed that one day I would get to live the life I’m living now. I wish I could have told that girl back then to be patient.