Unique Interview With The Ferragamo Family
On a balmy Thursday in Florence, James Ferragamo, grandson of Salvatore Ferragamo, is enjoying tour information at his company headquarters — the eleventh century Palazzo Spini Feroni overlooking the winding River Arno. Ferragamo, the director of men’s and women’s shoes and the leather division, is proudly highlighting all of the patents mounted on the walls of the dining room: the undulating cork wedge with its layerlike rock formations; the Gloved Arch, which swathes all the 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 masking a wedge with glass and then breaking it with a bit hammer to get a shattered effect. He made it for Carmen Miranda within the 1950s.” Another cabinet contains replica lasts that the house’s late founder made for Hollywood royalty, together with Marilyn Monroe and Audrey price of ferragamo shoes in singapore Hepburn.