Situated in Florence, on the basement of Palazzo Spini Feroni, Through Tornabuoni n. 2, the museum was opened to the general public in 1995 by the Ferragamo family, in an effort as an instance Ferragamo’s inventive qualities and the essential position he played in the historical past of shoe design and worldwide trend.
Apart from photographs, patents, sketches, books, magazines and picket lasts of various famous feet, the museum boasts a set of attracts 10,000 models designed by Ferragamo from the top of the 1920’s till 1960, the year of his demise. The shoes, displayed on a biennial rotation, are chosen each time based on particular themes that deal with new points and allow for brand new fields of inquiry. The sneakers, all works of refined craftsmanship, their design and supplies, unveil the thoughts of an artist who was at all times in contact with the cultural temper of the time. Salvatore usually searched for and located ideas, inspiration and collaboration from the main artists of his day. Equally, the museum arranges exhibitions of its own historical assortment with the participation of contemporary artists, and promotes and hosts exhibitions and events linked to art and culture.
The Primo Premio Guggenheim Impresa & Cultura (The Guggenheim First Prize for Industry and Culture) for 1999 was awarded to Salvatore Ferragamo for its choice to invest in tradition and subsequently employ it as a communication strategy for the company.
Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, near Naples, the eleventh of 14 children. After making his first pair of footwear at age nine, for his sisters to wear on their affirmation, young Salvatore decided that he had found his calling. He all the time had a passion for sneakers. After studying shoemaking in Naples for a year, Ferragamo opened a small retailer based in his parent’s residence. In 1914, he emigrated to Boston, the place one in all his brothers labored in a cowboy boot factory. After a brief stint at the factory, Ferragamo convinced his brothers to move to California, first Santa Barbara then Hollywood. It was right here that Ferragamo discovered success, initially opening a shop for restore and made-to-measure shoes, which soon turned prized items among celebrities of the day, resulting in a protracted period of designing footwear for the cinema. Nevertheless, his thriving popularity as ‘Shoemaker to the Stars’ solely partially satisfied him. He couldn’t fathom why his footwear happy the attention yet harm the foot, so he proceeded to study anatomy on the College of Southern California.
After spending thirteen years within the United States, Ferragamo returned to Italy in 1927, this time settling in Florence. In Florence, he began to trend sneakers for the wealthiest and most powerful girls of the century.
Palazzo Spini Feroni is a Medieval palace, built by Geri Spini, a rich service provider and banker to Pope Boniface VIII, in 1289. Over the centuries it modified hands several occasions, from the Spinis to the Guasconis and then to the Bagnano and Feroni families. In 1846 the palazzo was acquired by the city of Florence and from 1860 to 1870 when Florence was the capital of Italy, it was the seat of the city Council. In 1881 it was offered to the Cassa di Risparmio and came below private ownership when Salvatore Ferragamo bought it in 1938 as the headquarters of the corporate and his own workshop. The building was restored in 2000 and now proudly shows its masterpieces of seventeenth and eighteenth century Fiorentine art, including frescoes by Bernardino Poccetti in the chapel. The decrease, or basement degree, where the museum is located bears witness to the building’s Medieval originals. Over the centuries it had been used for a lot of functions and in the early twentieth century it was residence to certainly one of town’s most famous antiques galleries.