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Founded 1953 in Italy
Based in Bologna

1953: After working for A. Testoni and in partnership with his wife Patrizia Grossi, Stefano Branchini creates the brands Branchini Calzoleria, StefanoBi and Holiday, forerunners of the future brand Stefano Branchini. Both the production and the distribution of these handmade shoes are managed by StefanoBi, a new company set up in Ferrara: it is a dynamic organisation able to guarantee high quality and high fashioned products. The shoe factory StefanoBi furthermore works like a maker for the delocalised manufacture of brands like Berluti, Christian Dior Man and Givenchy Man.

1994: The shoe factory Stefano Bi is entirely acquired by Louis Vuitton LVMH of Paris.

1995: The Onda Corporation company is established in Bologna, via Castiglione 33. This company takes on creation, production, control and distribution of its own brands Branchini Calzoleria, Stefano Branchini and Trofeo. Since its establishment, Onda Corporation has been one of the main luxury shoe and leather goods manufacturers.


Bologna, Italy



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