About us



About Brio & Co.

Away from massive distribution and imposed trends, the purpose of Brio & Co. is to offer a selection of authentic Italian shoes, sourced directly from the makers, family-owned businesses in Italy that take pride in the glorious tradition of handcrafting footwear to the highest standards, showcasing the Italian renowned style and exuberance in every pair of shoes.


About the founder

I’m no fashion-addict and yet friends, co-workers and perfect strangers would often ask me about my shoes and where I get them from. Well, from Italy, of course.

Francesca Lombardo here. Born in the USA, I grew up in Italy and have been living in Texas since 2010. While I would regularly travel to Italy and always bring back a few pairs of shoes for myself, I figured I would find a way to offer here in the US a shoe-shopping alternative that would somewhat resemble the cheerful experience I would typically enjoy in Italy. So I took a drive to some of the most renowned areas for footwear production in Italy, visited some of the shoemakers in their workshops, learned about their story and sourced their products, now showcased here on Brio & Co. website.


Our beliefs:

  • Great shoes don’t need a big name.

We work directly with small, high-quality shoemakers, bringing you style and excellent craftsmanship without the cost of a chain of intermediaries and endless overheads.

  • Quality, not quantity.

We only carry limited quantity of select styles, as you would find in a typical Italian shoe shop. We keep an eye on seasons and trends, however we are convinced that style is a very personal matter and cannot be reduced to wearing what everybody else is wearing.

  • Conscious shopping is empowering.

We acknowledge the real people, the story and passion behind every pair of shoes. High quality standards, timeless traditions and fair labor practices are all fostered by shoppers' choices. Fashion is certainly no exception, and conscientious choice of a product’s origin can make the difference.


Shoe-shopping is not just about the shoes. It's about people, stories, passion... and shoes, of course!

Welcome to Brio & Co.