AWARD-WINNING AND LUXURY EUROPEAN GOLF FOOTWEAR BRAND CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY
quality materials and expert handcrafting leads the fashion evolution, a statement tribute to its co-founder and lead designer Baldovino Mattiazzo and the company’s future.
Titian and Billini are considered two of the greatest painters from Venice. Their art can be seen on canvas or frescos—Mattiazzo’s art can been seen on his footwear designs.
Italian born Mattiazzo is a native of Venice, a city known for its beauty, culture, and art. He studied fashion at the Sarteco Fashion School and graduated with top honors. He is naturally cool and exudes a sense of artistic freedom, and, in his youth, resembled a young Peter Fonda in Easy Rider.
In 2004, he and his German-born partner Antje Elle, who graduated from the highly acclaimed Munich School for Fashion Design, and both passionate golfers, recognized that the golf world needed a breath of fresh air with some style and sophistication so they founded Duca del Cosma, a brand that boasts an Italian artistry and inspiration that meets German precision.
The duo named the company after a traditional Venetian name that has been used in the Baldovino’s family for generations—Duca del Cosma—meaning the Duke of Cosma. Cosma is a traditional Venetian name.
In homage to great Italian brands, the signature color of Duca del Cosma is red. The brand had enjoyed years of global recognition for its avant-garde patterns and wild colors, so much so that the company caught the eye of brilliant footwear entrepreneur and founder of the international sports shoe brand Hi-Tec, Frank van Wezel, who had been developing golf shoes for golfing legends like Ian Woosnam, Padraig Harringron, Tony Jacklin and Laura Davis.
The Cosma collection with its state-of-the-art styling and fit would complement van Wezel’s work with these golfing greats. He and his wife Caroline van Wezel purchased Duca del Cosma in 2016 with the contingency that Mattiazzo would remain on board as their lead designer. Together, they and Duca del Cosma would continue to lead the fashion evolution.
According to van Wezel, “We always want to remain at the forefront of fashion and technology, to continue to lead the fashion evolution in golf. That is why it was important for Baldovino to stay with the company when we purchased it.”
To produce golf shoes worthy of the Duca del Cosma name, the company only will use leather from the absolute best tanneries, implement superior construction, soft linings, and outsoles from durable rubber compounds. They pride themselves on their attention to details, first-class cotton shoelaces, and on-point trend colors to make an outstanding product and statement both on and off the golf course.
Duca del Cosma has received countless awards for it breakthrough designs which include the first spikeless golf shoe with its non-slip outsole that can be worn on the course and look fashionable off the course, as well. The company is a repeat recipient of the highly sought after Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golf Week/USA Today, and Golf Monthly award for the “Best Golf Shoes for Men and Women.”
This year, the brand celebrated 20 years of Italian heritage at the 2024 PGA Show in Orlando, Florida, where customers, media, and team Duca all rallied to observe this special milestone. Additionally, Mattiazzo designed an anniversary shoe with the introduction of a new lightweight Airplay 15 outsole, tested in collaboration with Tour stars Joost Luiten and Kelly Tan on several designs, including the limited-edition JUBILEE and ALANA anniversary styles.
The Duca del Cosma brand is available in forty eight countries. As the company continues to grow, they want to ensure their shoes are available to golfers worldwide, both in stores and retails. Owner and Chairman Frank van Wezel encourages any suggestions to be sent directly to [email protected].
For more information, please visit www.ducadelcosma.us.