When a company has been around for 140 years, it is obvious that this fact can never be attributed to one single factor. However, in the case of Lottusse, founded in Inca in 1877, it may be said that the main parameter that explains the success of the company is a passion for craftsmanship, for good-quality work. This leads to the production of shoes and leather products that, by virtue of their incontestable quality, are a benchmark not only in the national panorama, but also on an international level. Not in vain, globally Lottusse has 62 outlets across Europe and Asia.
“In this house we are long-distance runners. Calm, tact and patience was the motto of my grandfather Llorenç, and to me it seems just as accurate as it is current. Through the different generations of our family, there has been passed down from father to son a great passion for working with leather and a desire to seek the maximum quality in artisan products”. So says Juan Antonio Fluxá, president of the company, who, along with his siblings, makes up the fourth generation of the family.
If the incontestable merit of leading the way and travelling (at the end of the 19th century!) from Inca to England to learn the trade and import it to Mallorca belongs to Antonio Fluxá Figuerola, credit must be given to the second generation, headed by Llorenç Fluxá, for the incorporation of a work process that can be very well defined by the application of the Goodyear system, which continues today, to “produce the best shoes in Europe”. To the son of Llorenç, Antonio Fluxá (and now we are talking about the third generation) is due the merit of taking a chance on new leathers and innovation, as well as opening his own shops. And finally, the current ownership, with Juan Antonio Fluxá at the head, works day after day to maintain the distinct spirit of Lottusse and combine it with the internationalisation of the company and the opening of new paths in the online world.
Since its beginnings, the company has always sought excellence in craftsmanship, without stinting its means or efforts. It opted firmly for the Goodyear work system, a product of the highest quality, very comfortable and durable in a time that requires many highly skilled hands to develop it.
With continued daily dealings, on the foundation of trust and mutual compromise, the link established between the ownership and the artisans has always been very strong. As such, in the same way as has occurred at the helm of the company, even among the artisans themselves there is a generational succession present in families. “We've had grandfather, father and son from the same family working in the factory. We still maintain the same philosophy with which we have grown throughout the history of the brand”, Fluxá proudly underlines.
In the everyday work we carry out to achieve excellence in all our ‘made in Lottusse’ products, the raw material has also played, and continues to play, a relevant role. In this sense, Juan Antonio Fluxá highlights that “we are always thinking about maintaining the know-how in Inca. Innovating with suppliers, of leather and soles, whose grandparents already had a relationship with this house. This gives us a sense of mutual trust in a relationship that I consider good, healthy and productive. We speak the same language and understand one another”.
Where the product is concerned, we can also talk about something being handed down through the generations, while always preserving the principles that have governed the company from its establishment to the present day. That is to say, placing value on the highest quality and supreme attention to detail. “Indeed. Also in this context, the context of the product – Fluxá affirms – there have been changes and generations. At the beginning, Lottusse only manufactured shoes for men. Subsequently, in the second decade of the 20th century, we began manufacturing shoes for women. In the 1970s and 1980s, we manufactured shoes in a classic style, moccasins, to accompany a suit. And also in the 1980s, we began making leather handbags and garments, which coincided with the opening of our own shops. In this context, nowadays we experience the contrast between the immediacy with which everything moves and the patience and time required for the fabrication of a product like ours”.
Thus, in the case of Lottusse, we can speak of various generations of not only owners, but also of workers, of suppliers, of products... and of customers. Yes, because customer engagement with the company has meant that consumers of Lottusse's products, always with the highest quality as the common denominator, also hand over the baton to their descendants. They opt for quality and, consequently, for recognition of a work made by hand, no doubt, but also made by heart.<
“It costs the same to make something well as it does to make it badly; the dedication is the same. Perfection is a question of time”. This maxim, which was repeated by Antonio Fluxá, the father of the current president of Lottusse, clearly remains relevant in the company. A company that has crossed borders, decades and centuries without losing its identity.