Exclusive Interview With The Ferragamo Household
On a balmy Thursday in Florence, James Ferragamo, grandson of Salvatore Ferragamo, is enjoying cheap salvatore ferragamo tour guide at his company headquarters — the eleventh century Palazzo Spini Feroni overlooking the winding River Arno. Ferragamo, the director of men’s and women’s sneakers and the leather division, is proudly highlighting all of the patents mounted on the partitions of the dining room: the undulating cork wedge with its layerlike rock formations; the Gloved Arch, which swathes your entire foot in leather; and the iconic F Wedge.
When Ferragamo spots the glass wedge patent, he proudly recalls his grandfather’s unwavering focus on innovation. “He created the idea of overlaying a wedge with glass after which breaking it with a bit of hammer to get a shattered impact. He made it for Carmen Miranda in the 1950s.” Another cabinet accommodates replica lasts that the house’s late founder made for Hollywood royalty, together with Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.