Duca del Cosma was established in 2004 by Baldovino Mattiazzo and Antje Elle. Italian-born Baldovino is a designer from Venice who graduated as one of the best students from the Sarteco fashion School in Florence. Antje was born in Germany and graduated from the renowned Munich School for Fashion Graphic Design.
Baldovino and Antje, both passionate golf players, strongly believed that the golf world needed a breath of fresh air: a sophisticated and fashionable touch. An ideal brand name immediately came to mind: “Duca del Cosma”, Italian for Duke of Cosma. Cosma is a traditional Venetian name and has been in use in Baldovino’s family for many generations. Duca del Cosma, a new brand, was born.
Over the years Duca del Cosma has become a successful international player in the golf industry for shoes, apparel and high-end accessories. Year after year, Duca Del Cosma has received awards, not only for its excellent design but also for its innovation, as Baldovino was the first designer to introduce the spikeless shoe into the golf world in 2006.
International shoe producer Frank van Wezel, founder of the international sport shoe brands HI-TEC, Magnum, INTERCEPTOR and 50 PEAKS acquired Duca del Cosma in 2016. Frank had been an admirer of Duca del Cosma for many years and recognised a strong global interest in the brand. Being passionate about contemporary sportswear he decided to incorporate the Duca brand in his overall business.
Duca del Cosma is being led from the new global headquarters in Breukelen - The Netherlands by an experienced managing team. The original founder Baldovino Mattiazzo stayed on the Duca del Cosma team to safeguard the DNA of the company. Baldovino was appointed as Head of Creative Design.
Duca del Cosma revolutionises golf fashion and offers the perfect design for a new generation of golfers. Stylish, bold, classy, elegant and sporty – Duca del Cosma styles bring a breath of fresh air to golf courses all over the world and our cutting-edge technology for shoes and clothes guarantees top comfort for even our most demanding customers. Sneakers for the golf course, innovative cross-over fashion suitable for sports and business.
We at Duca del Cosma are passionate about developing unique golf and contemporary lifestyle collections that combine comfort, fashionable stylishness and sports functionality. Our collections are inspired by the Italian way of living and produced with great attention to detail.
We strongly believe that a contemporary, high quality and comfortable collection, on-time delivery, excellent customer care and a mutually satisfying dialogue with our agents and distributors are the pillars of our existence.
OUR SPORTING HERITAGE
More than 46 years ago, Frank's friends in his squash club seemed to be always complaining about their squash shoes. So he set out on a journey to make great shoes for each sport. The squash shoe developed by Frank's HI_TEC brand in 1974 still makes it into today‘s sports collections and has in the meantime sold no less than 23 million pairs worldwide.
At the same time, he had developed great golf shoes for world-class golf stars like Ian Woosnam, Padraig Harrington, Tony Jacklin, Laura Davis etc. In his continuous quest to improve he came across the beautiful collection of Duca del Cosma and decided to acquire this brand which would provide golfers with state of the art styling and fit.
Duca del Cosma has been awarded countless prizes for new breakthrough designs. ‘The Italian Golf Evolution’ designs and the spikeless golf shoe with its non-slip outsole, which could be worn on the golf course but looked stylish off the course as well, proved to be a real winner.>
To produce excellent shoes worthy of the Duca del Cosma name we only use leather from the very best tanneries, superior constructions, soft linings, and outsoles from durable rubber compounds. We combine this with great attention to detail, first-class real cotton shoelaces, and trendy colours to make an outstanding product.
We always want to be at the forefront of fashion and technology.
We would like to reach demanding club golfers and fashion-conscious city-shoppers alike. We believe golf fashion is great for streetwear shops and online retailers in all major cities of the world. They just have to stock Duca del Cosma to show that they are in tune with new developments which fuse the catwalks with the greens. So far, the brand is available in thirty countries through 400 official dealers. Appealing marketing and promotional activities, purchase supervision and an intelligent online B-to-B platform, a brand-based collection, high-quality articles available from stock – we offer all this to give our customers the very best.
We did not acquire this beautiful brand for short-term gain. We are shoemakers with almost fifty years' experience! We want to make it a stunning experience to deal with us and therefore incorporate substantial margins for all retailers into our price structures.
Let us all enjoy Duca del Cosma, the Italian Golf Evolution. If you have any suggestions, feel free to email me directly!
Frank van Wezel