About Tomasso Arditti
His name is Tomasso, but most people call him Thomas. Knowledge this deep, skill this advanced, are usually the domain of older craftsmen, but Thomas’s path has been intense.
Thomas grew up surrounded by lawyers, and he always assumed he’d join that profession, too. Instead, the artistic undercurrents of the family DNA ran stronger in him than his aspirations for the law. “My father was an incredibly talented attorney, one of the best” he says. “Law school just didn’t work out for me. I found myself interested in design.”
In 1991, he was selling fine leather and hair-on-hide accessories. When customers began asking for something more, he questioned the limits of what was available to him — and he changed everything. He began designing and making custom footwear and fine leathers for select customers. He recruited bootmakers carrying the craft forward from five and six generations of family legacy. Thomas Arditti was building one of the great names at work today in the American West.
In a few short years, Tomasso Arditti Boots was the prime choice for discriminating boot lovers. Exceptional fit and impressive hand work throughout each piece built the firm’s reputation on a global level. The El Paso Holocaust Museum commissioned a pair of commemorative Texas-themed boots for former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1998, when he spoke there. In 2002, when El Paso Electric Company earned its listing on the New York Stock Exchange, they commissioned a custom pair of Arditti boots as their customary gift to NYSE Chairman Richard A. Grasso.
That same year, Texas Monthly named Arditti Boots one of the Top 25 Custom Bootmakers in Texas. Features followed in Southern Living, Cowboys & Indians, The Robb Report and other national publications.
Elite Private Labels
Not only is Arditti creating custom designs for movie stars and moguls today, fine boot purveyors have sought out his designs. He has created private label footwear for the West’s most influential classic outfitters, such as:
In Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Back at the Ranch
(Arditti original designs La Maria, Provencio and Patrona ankle zipper boots are Back at the Ranch’s best sellers.)
- Tom Taylor Custom
- The Santa Fe Boot Company
- Robert R. Bailey
- Cowboys and Indians
In Aspen, Colorado
- Gorsuch Ltd. (via Back at the Ranch)
- Andreas Beckmann
- Dallas, Texas
- Axel’s of Vail