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About Rolando C Melo

Rolando C Melo was established in 1963 by Rolando da Cunha. It is situated in Felgueiras, Portugal.

We are the producers of footwear and we specialise In the production of men’s footwear.

We began our activity in men’s shoe manufacturing and later on also ladies shoes, with a mere team of ten workers and a daily output of 50 pieces (25 pairs). The company soon increased its production to 300 pieces a day, with fifty workers in full time.

Around 1975, we boldly made our way into the international business, with our very first export to France. This was the event that led us to a completely new strategy and a management re-design in...

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Raw materials is everything and anything used to make your product. These can include fabric, leather, trims, hardware and others. Usually these are either sourced by the designer or by the factory, depending on the process stage.
Samples are prototypes made to model design ideas and made in order to finalize the pattern for production. Sampling should take place during the first phase of design (R&D) because you can’t get to selling (second phase) if you don’t have production (third phase). There are a few types of samples usually made, the main ones being prototype/toile, 1st sample, sealed/final sample, salesman sample, pre-production sample.
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