Issue #132

Nicolas Luciani

Il Calzolaro

Nicolas Luciani was born in the Italian Dolomites on winter solstice to an Italian father and Danish mother. From an early age he developed a strong interest and eye for arts, in particular design and photography. As a teenager he and his family moved from Rome to Los Angeles where he continued his interest and studies in the arts. After an exciting career in photography, in 2013 missing the tangibility in the digital world of photography, he took upon his passion of shoes and shoe making. His technique is deconstructing and reconstructing vintage athletic shoes and old American work boots using classic and modern methods. Extreme attention is applied to craftsmanship and the choice of materials and colors. Each pair is a one of a kind, no two pairs are created equally. The result, are practical wearable sculptures. As he says “I am resurrecting these pieces full of history into new steps and paths”. They are walking storytellers, melding current and past timelines into a life where new stories can be shared.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I am a cobbler, designer, light capturer, dream maker. Creativity, tangibility, inspirations are my drives. Hosting events at my house to bring creative minds together while cooking pizza in the outdoors adobe oven.

What made you leave Italy and chose LA?

I came to Los Angeles as a teenager with my father for a one year business transfer, 34 years later I am still here…

Please share your best memory in the City.

Everyday is a new day, a new journey a new memory.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

This is my house, my nest and creative space. The apron is my work uniform, makes me feel professional.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

Great project. It highlights and exposes our vast community overseas. We should all collaborate together on another wild project!

How would you describe being an ambassador of the Italian style/culture abroad?

Ambassador is a though title to carry. I feel more like a special Cannellino bean in a great minestrone soup which is America.

  • Venice Beach, CA


  • Time

    180 mins

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