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Salvatore Ferragamo

Founded by an iconic shoemaker to the stars, this Italian brand now encompasses a global apparel and accessories business.

Vital statistics

  • 1928 Established
  • Public Type
  • 1,001 - 5,000 Number of employees
  • €1,258m (2013) Revenue
  • 550 Stores
  • Florence, Italy HQ

Key people

  • Michele Norsa Chief Executive
  • Massimiliano Giormetti Creative Director

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. is an Italian luxury goods company, with headquarters in Florence, specializing in shoes, leather goods, and ready-to-wear for men and women. It is the parent company of the Ferragamo Group. The company also licences eyewear and watches.

Salvatore Ferragamo emigrated from southern Italy to Boston and then California in 1914. He opened the Hollywood Boot Shop in 1923, and made shoes for movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson, as well as for films such as Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. He returned to Italy and set up a shoe shop in Florence in 1927.

Salvatore’s company suffered in 1933, during the Great Depression, but it flourished again after World War II, expanding the workforce to 700 craftsmen producing 350 pairs of hand-made shoes a day. After Salvatore's death in 1960, his widow Wanda took over the running of the business and expanded its operations to include eyewear, perfume, belts, scarves, bags, watches, and a ready to wear clothing line.

Salvatore worked with film stars and celebrities from his earliest days in Hollywood. Clients over the years included Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Greta Garbo, as well as Andy Warhol, Grace Mugabe and Diana, Princess of Wales. The company made Margaret Thatcher's famous handbags and for King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck during the coronation on November 6, 2008 in Thimpu, Bhutan.

Source: Wikipedia

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