Hurlingham, Buenos Aires Province
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Walking in a Maharaja's boots
In Buenos Aires I had heard about Casa Fagliano, the manufacturer of the best Polo boots in the world. The family continues to make hand crafted boots and shoes in the tradition of their great grandfather, Pedro Fagliano who established the business in 1892. Since I was driving through Hurlingham, I asked a friend if he could help arrange a visit. And I am glad I did. As you step into the workshop you'll smell the rich musky smell of leather, more like a bottle of Malbec that had been left open for a few days. I met Rudolfo (in his late eighties), the patriarch of the Fagliano clan and his two sons Hector and Eduardo sitting in the same room, measuring, cutting, stitching and polishing on the same benches that previous generations sat on. After I had spent some time in their studio, Rudolfo Fagliano showed me the foot moulds of the Prince of Wales and the Maharaja of Jaipur -his regular customers. Watching him move around the room you could sense the pride and passion he has for his work. I saw history, craft and tradition come together in the few hundred square feet of that room.
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