About

Inspiration

Ballerì is the Neapolitan abbreviation of the word ballerina. For our flatshoes, handcrafted in Naples, we were inspired by the shoes used to dance the tarantella Sorrentina:
a magic dance, sensual and playful…Tarantella, which for us has a deep personal meaning because it is entwined with a family memory.
The maestro Antonio Ciro de Lizza, our greatgrandfather, at the end of the nineteenth century put to music marvelous tarantella and barcarole like “Teresenella” or “Vieni al mar”,
winner of the celebrated prize Piedigrotta in 1910.
For us, the word tarantella doesn’t just mean “dance”, but also “problem”, and…
Who better than a woman, can face daily problems avoiding them, twirling them around, jumping over them, as though dancing a tarantella of her own, intimate and private?!

Balleri seeks to accompany Women through the choreography of life.

The designer

Gaia de Lizza

Gaia de Lizza took the degree in Marketing & Communication at the university of Bologna.
She has a Master in Economy & Marketing of Luxury goods. Gaia studied shoes design at Cercal, Sergio Rossi’s school in San Mauro Pascoli.
​Since 2000 she worked with Brands and designers such as Dirk Bikkembergs,Woolrich, Diego Dolcini, Ermenelgindo Zegna, Kiton.
​After many years crossing between Milan, Paris and Naples, she decided to take the leap and launch in 2018 her own footwear brand that’s how she started Dancing with Ballerì!

“My land, its colours and tradition. I draw inspiration from the things I see and experience without following a line of logic or the obvious paths.
A lot of inspiration comes from my passion for travelling, art, cinema and design.
I believe that the task of designers is to raise thoughts to something material that people can use and love.”
Gaia

History

The brand Ballerì was born from an idea of three siblings: Gaia, Sergio and Solange de Lizza, each one different for personality and life choices, but all chained by the deep attachment to their roots.
“Our goal is to pursue an all-Italian project, revolving around the traditions, colors and excellence of our homeland: Sorrento, Capri, the Amalfi coast, an amazing city like Naples. Inspiration, here,
can be everywhere, comes from the things we see and experience without following a line of logic or the obvious paths.
We wish to gift the perfumes of the citrus and the joy of the Neapolitan atmosphere to the women of the world, giving life to a project that valorizes the artiginal and the made in Italy.
Our ballerinas are handmade in Naples following the same traditions that were passed on from father to son, who dedicate passion and love to every Balleri creation!