On June 5, 1898, the “Shoemaker of the Stars” was born! Salvatore Ferragamo gained this nickname in the 1930s and not without reason! Among his clients were Eva Peron, Queen of Cooch Behar (West Bengal), Marilyn Monroe and many more.

Salvatore Ferragamo is one of Italy’s most famous shoemakers of the 19th century, and even after his death in the 1960s, his work is the standard to which many current shoemakers hold themselves to, and is still a current Hollywood favorite.

Ferragamo started his passion for shoes at an early age. Making his first pair of shoes aged nine for his sister’s confirmation, Ferragamo decided he had found his craft. He was studying the art of shoemaking for a year in Naples when he was eleven years old.

After studying shoemaking in Naples, Salvatore Ferragamo opened a small store based in his parent’s home. Then he decided to emigrate, he moved to Boston in 1914, where one of his brothers worked in a cowboy boot factory. After a short time working at the factory, Ferragamo convinced his brothers to move to California. Residing in Santa Barbara, he opened a boot shop in 1919. Four years later, Ferragamo opened another boot shop in Hollywood. He was fascinated by modern working methods and machinery, but he also noticed its limitations in quality. Here, he found his success and became popular amid celebrities.

In 1927, Salvatore Ferragamo returned to his native country. Opening a workshop in the Via Mannelli, he started to experiment with design. In 1938, he invented the cork wedge heel. After that, he also created his first bag, launched the Kimo, a sandal with an interchangeable ankle-sock, designed one of his most iconic styles, a suede ballerina shoe with a strap, for Audrey Hepburn and started designing silk scarves.

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