A true passion
First and foremost, Septième Largeur was born out of a love story for beautiful shoes. Our family-held company is driven by a passion for craftsmanship and quality for more than 12 years.
In 2009, Marcos Fernandez and his nephew Mathieu Preiss decided to stir things up: they wanted to make high-end shoes accessible. They created a Maison that offers an exclusive hand-made patina experience in store.
In order to understand the origins of 7L, it requires us to focus on the story of the co-founder Marcos Fernandez and its expertise.
From Spain, he settles in the south of France with his parents that were running away from Franco's regime in 1946.
Self-taught, he started working at a young age: groom in Parisian palaces, salesman... 1969 : his passion for beautiful shoes made him take the position of commercial director at Pierre d'Alby, one of the biggest french brand in the 70s. During those times, he worked with famous designers like Angès B. for the creation of a shoe range.
In 1973, he has the idea to sell an american product not yet commercialized in France: the authentic Penny Loafer. This marks the launch of the Sebago in France.
In 1980, the market is flooded by products made in Italy, glued and not stitched. For Marcos Fernandez, the Goodyear welted shoe still had its place and could easily be adapted to the modern lasts and styles. This is the creation of Bowen, in association with André Rousselet, founder of G7 taxis and Canal+.
During the 80s, Marcos was at the origin of the launch of the brand Doc Martens in France and in charge of renewing the collections of the french brand Paraboot. The Bowen brand will be ceded to the Manfield group in the 90s.
In 1995, Marcos launches Emling which he leaves in 2000. Thanks to his experience, Marcos becomes a consultant for multiple shoe factories. He will create Markowski in 2007.