Capezio

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Capezio Ballet Makers Inc.
Industry Manufacturing
Founded 1887
Founders Salvatore Capezio
Key people Marc Terlizzi (Co CEO)
Anthony Giacoio Jr. (Co-CEO)
Products Dance shoes and apparel
Website www.capezio.com

Capezio is the trade name of Capezio Ballet Makers Inc., a manufacturer of dance shoes, apparel and accessories.

History[edit]

In 1887, Salvatore Capezio, an Italian cobbler emigrated to the United States, opened a shoe repair shop near the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.[1] He began his business by repairing theatrical shoes for the Met, and transitioned from cobbler to shoemaker when he created pair of shoes for Polish tenor Jean de Reszke in an emergency. His shop soon became a meeting place for dancers who would stop by to discuss their needs and purchase his shoes.

Over time, his reputation grew and visiting dancers would often come to his shop to purchase shoes. One of those visitors, Anna Pavlova, purchased Capezio pointe shoes for herself and her entire company during her first tour of the United States in 1910, thereby helping Capezio establish wide public visibility.[1]

In 1941, Lord & Taylor, Neiman-Marcus, and other stores began to market and distribute Capezio footwear.

Salvatore Capezio's family eventually joined him in the business, and today the company is operated by third- and fourth-generation family members. The company now employs modern, computerized manufacturing systems, though its Special Make-up Department continues to hand craft special order footwear.

Notable users[edit]

Numerous celebrities endorsed the company's products over the years, such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis, Jr., Alicia Alonso, Bob Fosse, Gregory Hines, Mick Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.[2]

Capezio Dance Award[edit]

The company established the "Capezio Dance Award" in 1952 to recognize significant achievements in dance, and in 1953 it created the Capezio Foundation to administer the awards program and operate a grant program for non-profit organizations.[1][3]

Notable award recipients[4]

In popular culture[edit]

In the ninth episode of Archer's third season ("Bloody Ferlin"), there are several references to Ray Gillette's fondness of Capezios in his childhood. Capezios, in this episode, are also a code word for homosexuality.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History". Capezio. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Capezio: Serving dancers for over 125 years". Danceinforma. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dance Foundation". Capezio. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Awardees". Capezio. Retrieved 24 March 2013.