Top Facts About Salvatore Ferragamo That You Didn’t Know

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‘Salvatore Ferragamo’ is much more than a designer name brand; it holds a rich history of innovative design and craftsmanship. Salvatore Ferragamo is the epitome of Italian shoe excellence. However, the road to success was not an easy one. Let’s take a look at how the luxury empire journeyed to the top with some interesting facts that you probably didn’t know.

A Young Prodigy

Salvatore Ferragamo

You’ve heard of a musical genius and a maths wiz, but have you heard of a prodigy of . . . footwear?

Well, Mr Salvatore Ferragamo’s shoemaking journey began at the young age of 9 years old. Because his parents couldn’t afford to buy all of his siblings’ new shoes for their Confirmation (as he was 1 of 14 children), little Salvatore tried his hand at shoemaking.

Salvatore quickly discovered that he had a talent for cobbling. Eventually, at 13 years old, he opened his first business from his parents’ home. This was the beginning of his luxury empire.

Salvatore Ferragamo Invented the Wedge Shoe

Ferragamo Wedge Heels

During the 1940s, when Italy suffered from closed trade with other countries, items like steel were no longer available. So, Mr Ferragamo experimented with alternative materials and eventually created the wedge shoe that we know and love.

In fact, the wedge is considered to be one of the most iconic shoe designs of the 20th century.

A Fashion Innovator

Ferragamo Fish Skin shoes

Salvatore Ferragamo was one of the most innovative shoe designers of the 20th century. He was one of the first shoe designers to experiment with unusual materials like kangaroo, crocodile… and even fish skin!

Talk about a fashion innovator!

“Shoemaker of the Stars”

Ferragamo celebrity shoe designer

Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo was born in Bonito, studied shoemaking in Naples but later moved to America.

Ferragamo’s rise to success began in Hollywood. Here, he opened up a shop for repair and made-to-measure shoes. Word quickly spread about Ferragamo’s excellent craftsmanship, and he started designing footwear for the cinema. Thus, the term “Shoemaker of the Stars”. Salvatore Ferragamo curated shoes for celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Eva Perón and many other A-class celebs of the time.

His shop eventually became a massive attraction for celebrities – and still is today!

Big Business Expansion

Salvatore Ferragamo Business

Salvatore Ferragamo’s business flourished after World War II, expanding the workforce to 700 artisans producing 350 pairs of handmade shoes a day.

Mr Ferragamo left his legacy to his wife, Wanda and six children. After Salvatore’s death in 1960, his widow Wanda took over the running of the business and expanded its operations. In addition to shoes, Mrs Ferragamo sold bags, belts, eyewear, perfume, scarves, watches and even a ready-to-wear clothing line.

Palazzo Spini Feroni

museo salvatore ferragamo

Before his passing, Salvatore Ferragamo bought the Palazzo Spini Feroni, one of the grand palaces of Florence. The Palazzo houses the company’s flagship store. Moreover, in 1995, the Palazzo was turned into a museum dedicated to Ferragamo’s life and work.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s legacy lives on in his luxury items.

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