"We are dreamers, artisans, and artists; the most sustainable footwear company in the world's circular economy"
It was 1949 when Valentino Masolini began to recycle fabrics and military uniforms to make shoes. Over 70 years later, his great-grandson Nicola founded RE49, a footwear company that reuses fabrics and unusual objects including sails and umbrellas to create sustainable shoes. In fact, RE49 refers to REuse, REcycle, REduce, REturn to the year 1949.
Innovation and transparency are extremely important to the brand, which is why their shoes are traceable with Blockchain technology. Inside the shoe’s tongue you’ll find a microchip that guarantees the traceability of the raw materials and products used. RE49 shoes are ethical, sustainable, vegan, and of great artisanal quality—entirely Made in Italy within the circular economy.
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Bordering Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east, Friuli Venezia Giulia sits in the northeastern corner of Italy. It has 4 provinces: Trieste, Udine, Pordenone, and Gorizia.
With the Adriatic Sea to the south and Dolomite-dominated landscapes, this land has a lot to offer. Its capital, Trieste, is a timeless beauty with its elegant cafés, neoclassical architecture, and lovely views of the gulf. Another must-see destination is Aquileia, an ancient Roman city declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The region’s economy relies mostly on manufacturing, tourism, agri-food, and shipbuilding industries. Despite being the 4th smallest region, it plays a significant role in global trade.