Mi Piaci was founded with a shared desire to empower women and embrace freedom of expression. Our Director & Head Of Design: Louise Anselmi, has been leading with this notion from the very beginning.
“Style is an outward expression of an inward sense of self. A non-verbal way of expressing who you are to people, and for me something I feel inspired by on a daily basis.” - Louise Anselmi
For over 19 years our footwear has been designed by women, for women. A sentiment intrinsic to our collections.
Mi Piaci has become synonymous with elegant, quietly confident footwear, essential in the formation of an elevated wardrobe. Our design aesthetic illustrates a commitment to creating timeless styles you can invest in now, and wear forever. Balancing our desire for personal expression and practicality.
Our footwear is predominantly designed by our in-house team in Auckland, New Zealand. From custom-dyed leather to tirelessly perfected lasts and unexpected details, our designers endeavour to elevate and differentiate our range constantly, cementing our position as the home of premium footwear design.
Proud to be a female-driven venture, we believe our people are the foundation of Mi Piaci. Progressive, innovative and intelligent. We acknowledge the creatively talented people surrounding us as our undeniable source of inspiration.
From our designers, buyers and the makers in our factory, right down to our photographers, marketers and everyone in between. Each person plays an essential part, pouring their dedication and creativity into every detail that comprises Mi Piaci.
Everything we do is with purpose. With a hands-on approach, more than 20 makers touch every Mi Piaci shoe before they get to you. Carefully considered, we create products that are beautifully refined, and distinctly ‘Mi Piaci’.
The design cycle begins right here in Auckland, we look at any key colours, leathers or trims we need to select when we visit the materials markets in China or work on with our Italian leather suppliers. We then sketch hundreds of designs that we continue to evolve. It’s a very collaborative process and from there we make a team decision on what styles to move ahead to development.
Our designs are brought to life by the talented makers in our very own factory in China. We set up this operation to gain control of our product and ensure good working conditions for our talented team. Including the factory as part of our business enabled us to create a strong personal relationship with our makers, working closely with them on a daily basis
For the rest? We support small European artisans as a nod to our Italian heritage. We source a selection of our footwear from suppliers across the globe who also share a skill and devotion to the craft that is, creating footwear. We regularly communicate with our suppliers in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and beyond, all countries renowned for their shoemaking artisans with generations of experience in crafting high-quality leather footwear.
Our stores are the four corners that house our designs but they are also the beating heart of Mi Piaci. This we where we connect. Where we get to know you; our eternal inspiration.
Explore our stores across New Zealand here. Our team would love to see you!