Alejandro Ingelmo is immersed in tradition. Coming from four generations of shoemakers, he has come to understand the materials, process and craft of shoemaking intimately, and has integrated that knowledge and experience into his own collection.
Influenced as much by architecture and industrial design as the craft of making, he has unified these interests aesthetically and conceptually: the collection is modern, architectural, and uniquely tactile - and hand-made in Italy to exacting specifications. Just as with a brilliant modern building, the shoes are made to stand the test of time, while maintaining their luxurious nature.
Alejandro Ingelmo founded his namesake brand in 2006, almost following in his Grandfather’s footsteps, who himself had a shoe collection called simply ‘Ingelmo’. In Havana, Cuba, Ingelmo Shoes were seen as the hallmark of quality. Each pair was made specifically with the client in mind, and to be worn and cherished.
Alejandro Ingelmo started his collection for Fall / Winter 2008, and that year was nominated for the Vogue / CFDA Fashion Fund. Since then, he has been nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Accessories Designer of the Year in 2009 and 2011, and has been featured in W Magazine, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The New York Times, and more.
He has done collaborations with Helmut Lang, Swarovski, Cushnie et Ochs, and even Dwayne Wade.
He is currently focusing on a new Men's and Women's collection for Fall/Winter 2017, and consulting with Chrome Hearts to create their first footwear collection.