Salvatore Ferragamo – Shoe Maker to the Stars
As one of the most famous women’s shoe designers of the twentieth century, one might never have guessed that the Italian shoemaker, Salvatore Ferragamo actually came from quite humble beginnings. Born in 1898, Salvatore Ferragamo spent his teenage years working as an apprentice in a woman’s shoe shop; before moving to the United States in 1914. The designer’s work was very well received in southern California, and quickly earned Ferragamo a reputation as “the Shoemaker to the Stars”. While in California, Ferragamo took it upon himself to study anatomy at the University of Southern California; so that he might learn how to build shoes that were not only stylish, but comfortable as well. In 1927, after much success, Salvatore Ferragamo returned to Florence, Italy and launched his own collection of designer shoes. Today, the Salvatore Ferragamo brand is even more popular than ever; with sought after styles that include the Salvatore Ferragamo classic bow embellished Vara pump, and the designers famed “Cage Shoe”, “Invisible Sandal”, and “Wedge Heel” among others. In addition to women’s designer shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo’s line has expanded to include men’s shoes, handbags, fragrances, and designer clothing; but this didn’t happen overnight.