As Mallorca's shoe industry experiences a boom in the face of the economic crisis
As Mallorca's shoe industry experiences a boom in the face of the economic crisis and a market flooded with Chinese imports it's a good time to feature one of the leading lights of the island's
footwear industry. Lottusse, founded in 1877 by Antoni Fluxà, has become a brand renowned for its style and quality and employs around 300 people in its Inca headquarters.
With the aim of creating Europe's best footwear, Fluxà assembled the island's best artisans in his workshop and by 1891 his business had expanded to 11 large workshops and five leather factories!
These days Lottusse is still in the hands of the Fluxà family – now the fourth generation – and their enthusiasm for perfection still remains as fervent as ever.
Each Lottusse shoe goes through the same process as it did in Antoni Fluxà's day; over 300 stitches with resin soaked thread are used to join the shoe's sole to the insole and an incredible 60
artisans carry out 130 manual operations over four days before the shoe is finished. Nowadays the sole is given an anti-humidity treatment which means that the shoes can be worn on rainy days, a
boon for anybody living in the damp climates of northern Europe!
A glance into any of Lottusse's shops in Mallorca will reveal a superb range of classically elegant business and leisure wear with some modern twists for both men and women and also some timeless
accessories like belts and bags. Like any quality item, they don't come cheap but they do represent excellent value for money and if treated well, will last for years and years.
Their shops can be found on Palma's Jaime III exclusive shopping street near El Corte Ingles, two in Palma Airport's retail areas and their factory outlet in Inca. All the details can be found
on their own website.
If you get the chance to buy any of their fine products, it's a perfect souvenir of Mallorca that will stay with you for years to come.