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Ferragamo

There is no label quite so entrenched in the tight-knit charisma of the famiglia italiana as Salvatore Ferragamo. The Ferragamo story is actually a saga, starting with it’s founder Salvatore. A cobbler by trade from the age of ten, he found success in America, becoming shoemaker to the stars from Marlene Dietrich to Audrey Hepburn, including Dorothy’s red shoes from The Wizard of Oz. He returned to Italy to start his eponymous shoe company, devoting his energies to research and innovation. He invented the stiletto heel and the wedge, a cork heel for which he obtained the first patent in the history of fashion. In the words of his son Ferruccio, the success of the company “…goes to my father’s technical research. He was a fanatic scholar of the anatomy of the foot and it is thanks to that, that Ferragamo shoes have become essential to his clients.”

 

Andy Warhol wore Ferragamos in the studio, Jackie Onassis on Skorpios, and countless celebrities around the globe, Ferragamo led the pack in the seventies with hip chic.
Synonymous with practical luxury, the brand remains under family control to this day.