Needless to say Salvatore Ferragamo was one of the best and most recognized footwear designers of the twentieth century providing Hollywood with his unique homemade designs and building an empire of high end consumer goods for men and women in boutiques all over the world. Salvatore Ferragamo launched his career in the early twenties by creating unique designs for Hollywood productions. His masterpiece can be seen in the Wizard of Oz movie. Ferragamo created Dorothy's ruby slippers. Future famous footwear designer Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898, in Benito Italy.
Since his early years, Salvatore had started to develop his flair for designing and making shoes. He made his first pair of shoes when he was nine and since then he trained to become a shoemaker. He had been studying shoemaking in Naples for one year and after his graduation Salvatore opened a small shoemaking store. In 1914, Salvatore Ferragamo and his family immigrated to Boston where he started to work in a boot factory. It was not for a long time and Salvatore and his brothers decided to move to Santa Barbara, California where Ferragamo founded a shop for repairing shoes near Hollywood and on the premises started to make his own unique shoe designs. His collection then became prized by then Hollywood celebrities that resulted in Ferragamo's designing footwear for Hollywood movies. After spending thirteen years in America, Salvatore Ferragamo returned to Italy in 1927.
Two years later he opened a shop in Florence on the Via Manelli district aiming his efforts experimenting with shoe design while implementing innovative approaches in shoemaking. His unique hand-made designs made designer Salvatore Ferragamo one of the most influential footwear designers in Italy. However, after the world crisis in 1933, due to economic pressures, Salvatore Ferragamo was on the verge of bankruptcy; however, he managed well and even managed to expand his business by producing four hundred pairs of hand crafted shoes a day. Designer Salvatore Ferragamo was always recognized for his innovative approaches to shoemaking.
Therefore, in 1955 he patented a special support system for heels in women's shoes. Ferragamo invented a very strong stiletto that resulted in incredibly slim high heels that remain popular throughout the decades. His unique designs bring much inspiration to other designers who have tries to follow in his footsteps. Designer Salvatore Ferragamo died in 1960 at the age of sixty two but his brand remains one of the most influential shoemaking companies. Today, Ferragamo is an international company engaged in making luxury shoes, handbags, silk accessories, watches, eyewear, and a ready wear collection. The Ferragamo Empire is owned by his two sons Salvatore and James. In 1995, The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum was opened in Florence on the second floor of the Palazzo Spini Feroni. There you can see some of the most revolutionizing footwear of one of the most influential designers Salvatore Ferrgamo.