Aliverti was founded in 2012 by Federico Aliverti and Ivan Garavaglia.
Aliverti specializes in importing and retailing high quality ladies’ and men’s shoes and leather accessories made in Italy. All products are made with genuine leather uppers and soles in leather or leather/rubber combined. Aliverti’s first store was opened in Kloof Street, Cape Town, in 2012. Subsequently, an additional boutique was opened in 2014 in Constantia.
Selecting the shoes which will ultimately become part of the Aliverti collection is the first and most important step in our business process. Along with the Italian brands that we import, we have created an entire collection branded ‘Aliverti’ which boasts the famous ’Made in Italy’ mark.
A great deal of time is invested in creating Aliverti shoes and outlining the parameters that every model must adhere to. ‘Made in Italy’ is one of the strongest and most recognisable signatures in the world as it assures:
Origin and quality.
All Aliverti shoes are made in Italy by small family-run companies which favour a culture of artisanal-handmade design.
An expression of unparalleled style.
Taste and Italian know-how are these manufacturers’ strongest characteristics.
Passion for design. This is where exclusive materials and a love for creating beautiful things come together.
Federico and Ivan work side by side with their manufacturers, visiting Italy four times every year to further cultivate their business relationships. It is important for Aliverti to stay ahead of what is happening in the world of fashion and shoe design, and to communicate the ever-evolving tastes and preferences of South African clients to their manufacturers. For many manufacturers, South Africa is a new market and they are excited to be able to enter it with the exclusive insights that they have gained through working with Aliverti.
Federico and Ivan understand that their clients want the best and strive to deliver nothing less. This duo is undoubtedly the driving force behind their business; and rooted at Aliverti’s core is of course a passion for their products and their clients.
Federico and Ivan are highly engaged with every aspect of the business and personally involved with all of its boutiques. Everyday they serve their customers with the support of professional, friendly and well-trained sales staff.
Aliverti believes that South African consumers are becoming more and more interested and knowledgeable about fashion and design, as well as more aware of the relationship between quality and price which means choosing quality over price more often.
“In our stores we strive to share what we know about shoes, about their construction and about the materials that are used,” says Federico and Ivan.
All Aliverti shoes are made with genuine leathers that are vegetable tanned. The base element is tannin prime material obtained from plants in a way that is harmonious with nature. This tanning process gives the leather a unique character which is immediately recognisable; the leather will age beautifully absorbing traces of time and making warmer shades emerge. Each shoe is aged, finished and polished by hand using specific brushes and creams to achieve the desired final effect. Each pair is inimitable in its own right.
When the owners travel to Italy, one of the most important tasks they carry out is spending time with the local shoe manufacturers to discover how products are evolving in terms of design, as well as any technological processes being used for leather handling and tanning; this also involves looking at the measures being taken to ensure maximum comfort and quality.
Whatever Federico and Ivan discover on these trips contributes towards enriching the customers’ experience, and the advice that customers will receive such as determining what model would better suit their personal style and their wardrobe, for instance.