Meet Pepe Jimenez . . .
Our Hand-made Classic Pumps
Shoe Designer from Spain
At the age of 11, Pepe began working in a shoe factory called Pablo Medina, S.L. collecting shoe nails with a magnet from the floor and making them straight again. Shoe nails were expensive at the time, so they were recycled.
From that first day, his dream was to open his own business, to develop his design and manufacturing capability. Pepe worked at all jobs assigned to beginners in a shoe factory. By the age of 17 he was Administrative Manager and sales representative for in-house accounts. At the age of 19 he temporarily stopped his job to fulfill the obligatory Spanish military service. After his discharge from the military in 1967, Pepe joined the Spanish shoe factory of Calzados Sesica, S.L. and established his own business a year later.
1968 was the grand opening of the Pepe Jimenez shoe factory! Their first production runs and designs were directed to the young Spanish market, but Pepe soon realized the American market had great sales potential. In 1972 Pepe Jimenez started his American business venture producing more than two million pairs for major brands in the United States in seven years.
During the process of developing his Spring-Summer 1980 collection, Pepe discovered a new shoe "last". A last is a form which is used to stretch leather for each shoe size manufactured. This last allowed for a daring and bold low vamp cut. This was to become the ever-popular Lola/Rossi/Nany last!
After four years, he established an American base in Miami, FL and provided his Spanish-made shoes for American customers.
In 1992, Pepe met Walt Stagner (Mr. Classic Pumps)
during a Las Vegas Shoe Show. Pepe's shoe collection
was exactly what Walt was looking for
. . . pretty, feminine shoes made of soft, comfortable kidskin leather.
Pepe and Walt established a friendly, successful business partnership. From its inception, the Pepe Jimenez shoe factory developed the Pepe Jimenez and Amour brand names to identify their products. Pepe's original collections, drawn on paper by Pepe himself, were characterized by innovative design features. Their commercial, refined, classic and modern styles (pumps, ankle straps, sandals, mules, etc.) are his best vision of fashion, oriented to satisfy feminine tastes world-wide.
Today, Pepe continues to expand the range of his products by designing, producing and distributing new items according to current fashion trends, dedicated to classy, fashion-conscious women worldwide.