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Fall For Ferragamo

Elegance and comfort are not incompatible, and whoever maintains the contrary simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

Otherwise known as shoemaker to the stars, Salvatore Ferragamo was one of the greatest luxury footwear pioneers. The luxury brand was founded in 1920s Italy, fuelled by the passion of none other than the man himself. Now, the haute couture fashion house continues his legacy and showcases a recognizable selection of carefully crafted, sophisticated pieces.

Ferragamo, pictured on the left 
Photo: Vogue

But what exactly sets Ferragamo apart from its haute couture peers? How did he even begin designing his iconic pieces? Today, we take a closer look at four fascinating facts behind the man and brand.

1. Salvatore’s Passion for Fashion

Many may not know this, but Ferragamo had designed his first pair of footwear at the age of nine. His first footwear design had been for his sisters’ Confirmation ceremony, one that uncovered his passion for fashion.

The first bag created by Ferragamo
Photo: Pinterest

The first bag Ferragamo had created was, incidentally, for his tools.

The Fiamma Bag as seen on TV personality Miriam Leone

His legacy did of course extend to that of luxury carriers. After Ferragamo’s passing in 1960, his daughter Fiamma Di San Giuliano Ferragamo took the reins and launched the brand’s first handbag collection in the 1970s. Some forty years later, the  bag collection was launched, again by Fiamma herself.

2. The Inventor

The cork heel – an invention credited to Ferragamo
Photo: Pinterest

Known for his usage of unique materials, the couturier is credited with the invention of cork sole wedges in the 1930s. These designs became an instant hit within the fashion industry. Ferragamo, amongst other reknown designers, was also said to be the founder of the stiletto heel and open-toe sandals.

The Gancino Bag in plexiglass
Photo: Ferragamo

Continuing his legacy of utilizing unique materials, the iconic Gancino bag, was produced with plexiglass in 1990.

3. Shoemaker to the Stars

Ferragamo with Audrey Hepburn
Photo: Pinterest

Many celebrities including Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, loved the brand’s sophisticated designs.

Red ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz

His works have appeared in many Hollywood films – including Dorothy’s ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz and Monroe’s stilettos in The Seven Year Itch. Ferragamo’s luxury carriers on the other hand, has enjoyed the love of current Hollywood stars including Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria.

4. Ferragamo’s Headquarters & Museum

2012 Marilyn Monroe Exhibit

Oh yes, not only does the Italian luxury brand have a headquarters, it has its very own museum within the compound. Housed in the Palazzo Spini Feroni in Italy, Florence, one can find a collection of photographs and patents by the designer himself.

With his undying passion for fashion, Ferragamo has left behind a legacy of iconic, timeless pieces that are still in demand by fashionistas worldwide. We can’t tell you how grateful we are to the nine year old boy who decided to craft his first footwear a century ago.

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