1860's
Salvatore Lucchese, future founder of Lucchese, is born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. His father, Gaetano Lucchese, is a shoemaker.
1880's
Salvatore Lucchese emigrates to the United States of America. He reportedly arrives in Galveston, Texas by ship, which sailed from Palermo, Italy. Salvatore Lucchese arrived with his brother Joseph Lucchese.
Salvatore and Joseph Lucchese move to San Antonio, Texas to set up a bootmaking shop at Fort Sam Houston, a United States Cavalry School in San Antonio.
1890's
Salvatore and his brothers Joseph, Michael and Antonio purchase the first "inseamer" machine shipped to the Southwest United States. Sam Lucchese said of his grandfather, "If he got any word of a new machine, he wanted to be the first to try it."
The earliest known photo of Salvatore Lucchese, founder of Lucchese.
Earliest Photo of Salvatore
Mr. W. Shock becomes the earliest entry in the Lucchese company measuring books. His boots consist of kangaroo with a 1.5-inch heel, totaling $9.00.
Founder Salvatore Lucchese (pictured center left with cigar) with his parents and unidentified family members.
1898 Lucchese family portrait
First Reg. Texas Volunteer Cavalry marches in front of Lucchese Bros. Store on East Houston Street in San Antonio, Texas.
1898 Cavalry Marches by Store
1900's
Lucchese founder Salvatore Lucchese has dinner at home with his wife Frances, along with children Josephine, Gaetano, Cosimo and unidentified persons.
1903 Lucchese family dinner
In a Bexar County Courthouse ceremony, Salvatore Lucchese is made a citizen of the United States of America.
Citizen Document
Founder Salvatore hunts with sons Cosimo and Gaetano.
1907 Hunting Expedition
1910's
Lorenzo Quesada of Mexico purchases a pair of Moroccan Calf boots, becoming the earliest recorded international purchase of Lucchese boots.
Salvatore Lucchese purchases the Teatro Zaragoza, a Mexican-American theater in San Antonio.
Teatro Nacional
1920's
Josephine Lucchese, daughter to Lucchese founder Salvatore and his wife Frances, makes her operatic debut as Olympia in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman. Josephine was one of the few successful opera singers at the time who was not trained in Europe. She later taught at the University of Texas.
Josephine Lucchese Opera Debut
Robert J. Kleberg Sr. of the King Ranch (one of the largest ranches in the world, located in South Texas) purchases a pair of Lucchese lace boots at a price of $37.50. Under Kleberg's direction, the ranch operation grew from 600,000 acres to 1,300,000 acres.
Salvatore Lucchese suffers a stroke. Cosimo Lucchese, his son, returns to Lucchese to run the family business for his father. He'd previously ventured out to create his own boot company in 1921.
Cosimo Lucchese is photographed in a factory at 112 Jefferson Street in San Antonio, Texas.
Sam Lucchese (grandson to Salvatore) appears in the San Antonio Evening News in a full-page article called "Meet Sammy Lucchese, World's Youngest Army Officer." The uniform was made to Army specifications and the idea of his father, Cosimo.
Meet Sammy Lucchese
World-renowned photographer and cinematographer Henrik Sartov purchases a pair of Lucchese shoes. Originally from Denmark, Sartov is credited with the creation of “soft-focus” cinematography.
Cinematographer Sartov
Lucchese founder Salvatore with grandsons Sam (Sammy) and Bob Lucchese.
Grandsons in Chair 2
Gen. Frank Purdy Lahm purchases a pair of Lucchese military boots for a price of $40.00. General Lahm was known as the “the father of Air Force flight training.” He met the Wright Brothers in 1907 and used his interest in flying to become the Army’s first certified pilot in 1909.
General Purdy Lahm
While playing dominoes at home with his family, Lucchese founder Salvatore dies in San Antonio.
Salvatore Lucchese Obit
Lucchese is incorporated in San Antonio Texas by S.L. Gill (President), Cosimo Lucchese (Vice-President) and M. Millken (Secretary).
1930's
Josephine Lucchese tours North America in 6 months and gives 150 concerts. She returns to become the leading soprano of the Philadelphia Grand Opera.
Ed F. Echols purchases a pair of Lucchese cowboy boots and a pair of Lucchese shoes. After working as a cowboy in Texas, he traveled to Arizona via covered wagon in 1902. Echols is considered the driving force behind the beginning and growth of professional rodeo in Tucson.
Charles Kreuz, Sr. of Luling, Texas purchases a pair of cowboy boots. Mr. Kreuz founded world-famous barbecue outpost, Kreuz Market, in 1900, which still operates today.
Actress Josephine Hutchinson purchases a pair of Lucchese cowboy boots (noted to be “not too stiff in legs”) at a price of $23.50. She was one of a handful of actresses able to make the transition from silent movies to “talkies.”
Josephine Hutchison
Lt. Col. L.J. Maitland purchases a pair of Lucchese military dress shoes at a price of $35.00. In 1927, L.J. Maitland, along with A.F. Hegenberger, made the first airplane flight from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii, flying 2,425 miles in 23 hours.
Jimmy Doolittle of St. Louis purchases a pair of Lucchese boots. Doolittle, an Army flight instructor stateside during World War I, gained fame during the 1920s for numerous speed and distance records. Doolittle received the Medal of Honor from President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House for planning and leading his raid on Japan.
Jimmy Doolittle
1940's
Singer and actor Bing Crosby writes to Lucchese, requesting a catalog and a pair of boots to be made for him in "nice, soft leather — the best you have in stock."
Academy Award winning actor Gregory Peck visits Lucchese.
Gregory Peck Visits
Actor Gary Cooper visits Lucchese. Cooper's career spanning from 1925 until his death. Across the one hundred films he starred in, he received five Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. His stoic onscreen demeanor made him a favorite in the western genre.
Gary Cooper Visits
Acme Boot Company commissioned Lucchese to build a collection of state boots for an advertising campaign. It took Lucchese four years to build the entire collection. Each state boot features unique and exact colors for the states flag, capitol, bird, flower and state commodity. Master bootmakers Cosimo Lucchese, Jesse Garcia and Carlos Hernandez Jr. contributed to this project.
Texas State Boot 1949
1950's
Actor John Wayne visits Lucchese.
John Wayne Visits
Senator (and future U.S. President) Lyndon Baines Johnson visits Lucchese.
Cowboy, singer-songwriter and actor Rex Allen visits Lucchese and purchases three pairs of cowboy boots. Allen had the distinction of making the final “singing western” movie. His narration work with Walt Disney Films earned him the nickname “The Voice of the West.”
Rex Allen Visits
Military Hero and Actor Audie Murphy visits Lucchese. Murphy was one of the most famous and decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. Murphy became a celebrated Hollywood actor after the war for over two decades, appearing in 44 films, mostly westerns.
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor visits Lucchese. Born in Budapest, Gabor became a famous socialite and film star in America.
Zsa Zsa Gabor Visits
Lucchese produces English riding boots for the 1957 Lucchese Catalog.
Riding Boots 1975
1960's
Actor, singer and businessman Jimmy Dean visits Lucchese. Though today he may best be known as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand, he became a national television personality in 1957, rising to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John.”
Jimmy Dean visits
Fifteen days before the U.S. Presidential inauguration, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, daughter of President-elect John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, has her feet measured for a pair of Lucchese boots, a gift from Vice President-elect Lyndon Johnson. Soon after the Kennedy family arrived in the White House, Caroline would also be given a pony by LBJ named Macaroni.
Caroline Kennedy and Macaroni
Texas “Tex” Schramm, then Vice-President and General Manager of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, contacted Lucchese to make custom Dallas Cowboys boots. Reportedly, there were 66 pairs made for players, coaches and staff.
Sam Lucchese writes a letter to Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson, stating “Major Wright called today about your boots, and I was able to keep the entire Military Forces from invading the place by being able to tell him that your boots were ready to be shipped in the morning.”
Actor Slim Pickens and legendary Texas rancher James “Happy” Shahan visit Lucchese. Shahan was known as “The Father of the Texas movie industry” for partnering with John Wayne to build “Alamo Village” outside of Brackeville, Texas — the first movie set built in the state.
Slim Pickens Visits
Sandra Dee and Jimmy Stewart visit Lucchese. Sandra Dee began her professional career as a model and transitioned into film, where she became one of the most popular stars of the 1960s.
Sandra Dee and Jimmy Stewart
George Dickinson of Paris, France writes in a letter: “I understand from some of my Polo-playing friends of mine that it is possible to obtain from you ‘Mexican’ riding boots, either to measure or ready-made, and I should be much obliged if you would kindly send me all particulars and a catalogue of your models.”
U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson is photographed on his ranch in Stonewall, Texas wearing Lucchese boots.
1970's
Blue Bell Corporation purchases Lucchese.
President LBJ sends a letter to Sam Lucchese, thanking him for thinking of him and encouraging the president to “get back in the saddle.” Says the president: “I trust that you know that when I am able to do that, it will be in a pair of Lucchese boots.”
LJB letter to Lucchese
A photo runs in National Geographic magazine of the Lucchese factory, where boots are shown during the lasting process.
1976 Nat Geo photo
A feature article titled "Boots Fit for a Duke" appears in Esquire magazine.
Esquire 1976 Article
An article titled "Sam Lucchese's Boots are for the Rhinestone Cowboy in Everyone" runs in People magazine.
1980's
U.S. President Ronald Reagan presents King Hassan II of Morocco with a pair of Lucchese boots.
King Hassan Reagan Horseback
Lucchese announces it will move its operations from San Antonio to El Paso, Texas.
Lucchese produces a pair of "inaugural boots" for incoming U.S. President George H. W. Bush.
Bush Sr. Inaugural Boots
2000's
Lucchese releases the 125th Anniversary Boot, of which only 125 pairs would be produced and sold for $12,500 a pair.
125th Anniversary Boot
Lucchese builds a pair of whiskey buffalo boots for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Prince Harry of Wales leads the Lucchese Polo team against Audi for the Stanford Commodore's Cup.
Prince Harry Polo Team
Lucchese announces a partnership with the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger purchases a Lucchese 125th Anniversary Boot.
Gov. Arnold in boots
Texas Governor Rick Perry is measured for a pair of Lucchese's 125th Anniversary Boots.
The 81st Texas Legislature introduces House Bill 226, relating to the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Lucchese.
2010's
Lucchese Collegiate Boots, a collection of 17 university logo embroidered cowboy boots, are introduced.
Lucchese is announced as the official boot of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Boots
Lucchese Polo team captures its third consecutive Bombardier Pacific Coast Open Championship at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club.
Bombardier Polo Classic Win
Lucchese launches the Lucchese Collection, a luxurious comprehensive fashion footwear line for men and women which includes stilettos, dress shoes, chukkas, and high heeled sandals and boots. Handmade by Lucchese artisans in both El Paso and Tuscany, the Collection revisits our Italian roots with a Texan twist.
Milla Timeline
The August 10th final match of the Lucchese Silver Cup held even more significance for Lucchese and ERG, as both teams hailed from Texas. Both fought until the bitter end to determine the champion — a title which Lucchese ultimately took home.
Lucchese Cup Polo Victory