OTZ Shoes Inc. (OTZ Shoes) is returning to its roots by announcing a multi-year agreement with Artscrafts International S.p.A. (Artscrafts) for distribution of the OTZ Shoes brand in Italy. The label, whose model is based on the oldest shoe ever found on Oetzi, the 5,300 year-old prehistoric ice man found frozen in the Italian Oetzal Valley in 1991, will make a ceremonious return to its homeland with a highly designed new exhibit at this week’s Pitti Uomo trade show in Florence, stand 54.
“Artscrafts has established a formidable reputation over the last five
decades as a licensee and distributor, working with powerful global
brands including Teva, Crocs, Bloch, Spiewak and many others,” said Bob
Rief, CEO of OTZ Shoes. “The company’s expertise in expanding
contemporary comfort brands in Europe is unmatched. We’re confident they
are the right partner to help us reach our potential in Europe’s
According to OTZ leadership, Italy is an important territory for the
brand’s continued global growth, as well as to its heritage story. Five
thousand three hundred years later, the very essence of the original
shoes found in the Oetzal Valley remains and has inspired the brand’s
“We strongly feel that OTZ will be well-received in the Italian market
as it has all the necessary ingredients to appeal to our consumers,
meeting comfort with style in a unique and iconic way,” commented
Artscrafts’ Principal, Alissa Han.
About OTZ Shoes
OTZ Shoes is the premium maker of modern comfort inspired from the
past. Cork footbeds are integral to every shoe engineered to gradually
mold to your individual footscape. For further information visit our
website www.otzshoes.com or call 310-456-9100.
Source OTZ by press release