The newspaper El Progreso de Lugo makes a report on Calzados Losal, a centenary company with almost 120 years dedicated to the manufacture of footwear in the Galician city of Monforte de Lemos (Lugo).
The report made by the newspaper focuses on basic aspects such as the peculiar manufacturing that Calzados Losal has been using during all these years; a manufacturing known as Goodyear Welted. A 100% handmade and very laborious process, since each shoe requires a total of 250 different steps.
We provide the radio fragment corresponding to our interview on Onda Cero Monforte; where important points are commented on the new shoe line of Calzados Losal related to the world of golf.
This year 2018 has started with a great novelty for Calzados Losal, since after many tests, we have launched this new line of models focused on GOLF; a sport of precision, where the shoe, indispensable piece to make a better swing and stance, becomes a fundamental element, due to the duration and the kilometres that are used in the matches.
We can say that this new line GOLF LOSAL, apart from being 100% handmade shoes and manufactured entirely in Monforte de Lemos (Lugo – Spain), have far exceeded expectations regarding:
Apart from all this, the use of a sole with soft studs, made of rubber, does not cause any damage to the floors of the golf courses.
The newspaper “El Progreso” highlights the assistance of Calzados Losal to the international shoe fair that is organized annually in Milan, from 11 to 14 February.
As part of our internationalization program, we will present our collection of shoes for the autumn-winter 2018/2019 season for man and woman, in a contest in which the best footwear manufacturers will be present worldwide.
Through our high quality handmade shoes, manufactured entirely in Monforte de Lemos, Spain, we hope to attract the attention of large distributors and wholesalers who open doors to us internationally.
We facilitate the press cut for more details about the news: link.
The returnees of Cuba founded the first companies. The guild of shoes is 108 years old, when the first factories began to operate. After the disaster of the war of Cuba, emigrants and fighters on the Caribbean island returned to Monforte. Among them were the first industrialists who began to make footwear in series. This is the case of José López Rodríguez, founder of Losal and whose company is currently his great-grandson, which makes it the oldest in the city.
By the middle of the 20th century there were 22 factories and today only two are open.
The city of Cabe had, in the middle of the 20th century, a thriving shoe sector. 70 years ago, according to the newspaper library of the time, there were a total of 22 factories dedicated to making boots and shoes, but also 6 of traditional clog shoes, as many of cuts and stitches and 2 factories dedicated to tannery. In total, the number of jobs generated by this industrial activity, which was added by companies dedicated to the manufacture of tips and glues, was around 1,200. Today there are only 41.
The footwear left Monforte de Lemos with destination to all Spain to be recognized for its quality and durability, but the sector began to go less because many companies did not know to adapt to the new times, to what the market demanded.
Middle Ages. The scholar of the history of Monforte Felipe Aira points out that already in the Middle Ages there was a vigorous activity shoemaker in the city.
The result was that at the beginning of the 90´s, in Monforte only a dozen signatures worked, which were proposed, from the Xunta de Galicia, to join an investee company, an idea that did not fit.
At present, only two firms in the city are active, with a total of 41 employees.
One is Calzados Losal, with 17 workers, dedicated to the production of fashion footwear, handmade and with the technique of “Goodyear” sewing, own by Monforte. The other company is Curtidos Galaicos, with 24 employees and those years ago they decided to specialize in safety footwear.
The leaders of both companies, Gonzalo López Otero and Ovidio Pérez Reñones, respectively, do not hesitate to point out, as guilty of the dismantling of the sector, both the lack of modernization of the factories and the absence of a generational change.
Both of these issues have been taken up by these two factories, where the children of those responsible are already working and in which a gap has been made to new technologies.
Link | El Progreso
Last September we have received the visit of the TIC Foundation of Lugo, who made a video report about our history as manufacturers of handmade footwear.
In the report you can learn more details about our history, our process of manufacturing handmade shoes, the different stages of production, our plans for the future and other curious and interesting facts.
We facilitate the passage radio corresponding to our interview to Radio Galega, where important points of Calzados Losal as our tradition of manufacturers of artisan shoe, transmission from generation to generation of the good work of footwear, our presence in the international trade fair in Milan and other interesting facts or curious are discussed.
Onda Cero conducts an interview to Calzados Losal coinciding with our return from THE MICAM trade fair, held in the Italian city of Milan, as the only Galician company, where we present our experience and results obtained during the three days of the event.
The newspaper El Progreso highlights the assistance of Calzados Losal of the footwear international trade fair that is held annually in Milan from 3 to 6 September.
As part of our internationalization program, we will present our shoe collection for next spring-summer season, in a contest in which will present the best shoe manufacturers worldwide.
Through our craftsmen high quality shoes, manufactured entirely in Monforte de Lemos, Spain, we hope to attract the attention of major distributors and wholesalers to open the doors to international level.
We provide the full press clipping for more details about the news:
La Voz de Galicia takes a video report on the trajectory of Calzados Losal, from its origins to today.
In the report you can learn more about our process of handmade shoes, the various stages of production, ranges of footwear and current situation of the company, both in terms of customers and collaborations, as our expansion plans to market our shoes, top quality, in European markets, either through physical stores or our online store.
Vía | La Voz de Galicia
Xunta de Galicia
The Regional Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry, Francisco Conde, visited the company premises in Monforte today, which opened in the year 1899.
Reference | Xunta de Galicia
La Voz de Galicia
The Regional Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry, Francisco Conde, held a visit to the Calzados Losal´s factory yesterday. Conde put this model family business, which has adapted to the new market challenges industry. In his tour of the facilities he was accompanied by Gonzalo López Otero, fourth generation of the family that started Calzados Losal´s factory. The firm started in the year 1899, and, since then it has made shoes of thousands of different models. Conde referred to Losal as “doyenne signature shoe in Galicia”.
Reference | La Voz de Galicia
Calzados Losal, “Dean footwear” in Galicia, aims to increase sales by 20%.
The Regional Minister of Economy, Francisco Conde, visited the company premises in Monforte, and he praised his commitment to tradition and innovation for growth.
Vía | El Progreso
The Regional Minister of Economy and Industry, Francisco Conde, visited Calzados Losal´s factory this morning. Conde stressed the long history of the doyen of Galician footwear, as well as its commitment to innovation and customization as best way to tackle the crisis period and future development.
Reference | Onda Cero
Economía en Galicia
Galicia is the third largest of footwear community of Spain. Calzados Losal produces more than 9.500 pairs of shoes. Calzados Losal, en Monforte, receives the visit of the Regional Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry this Monday.
Vía | Economía en Galicia
Diario de Lemos
The Regional Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry, Francisco Conde, will visit tomorrow, at 12:00, Calzados Losal´s factory, located in Miguel de Cervantes street. Losal´s brand has been manufacturing the highest quality footwear for over 100 years, and in its processes and methodologies combine craftsmanship with innovation and design of new trends in fashion footwear.
Reference | Diario de Lemos