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Salvatore Ferragamo moves to Santa Barbara, CA and opens up a boot shop that soon catches the eye of some of Hollywood's elite. He quickly becomes known as the "Shoemaker to the Stars."
Photo Credit: Archivio Alinari, Firenze
With the success of his Santa Barbara shop, Salvatore Ferragamo opens up the Hollywood Boot Shop in Hollywood.
Fascinated by human anatomy, mathematics, and engineering, Salvatore Ferragamo writes in his journal "The weight of the body falls on the arch of the foot like a plumb line."
Salvatore Ferragamo creates his company in Florence.
Commissioned by Salvatore Ferragamo, Lucio Venna creates an advertisement inspired by the discovery of the "Villa dei Misteri" in Pompei.
Taking inspiration from Egyptian archeological finds, Salvatore Ferragamo creates this sandal.
The cork wedge heel is invented by Salvatore Ferragamo and serves as the inspiration for the famous model created for Judy Garland.
Salvatore Ferragamo buys Palazzo Spini Feroni for 3,400,000 lire and opens the Florence store in the same building. The same year, stores are opened in London and Rome.
Photo Credit: Archivio Alinari, Firenze
During the war, Salvatore Ferragamo experiments with humble materials such as raffia and cork to create this cork wedge.
Salvatore Ferragamo examines the craftmanship in his workshop at Palazzo Spini Feroni.
Photo Credit: David Lees
Salvatore Ferragamo wins the "Neiman Marcus Award", fashion's Oscar equivalent, with the "Invisible sandal".
The first Ferragamo store in New York opens on Park Avenue (now on Fifth Avenue).
The first bag created by Salvatore Ferragamo to hold his tools.
During the first Italian fashion show in Florence, Salvatore Ferragamo launches "kimo", a sandal with an interchangeable ankle sock.
For the actress Audrey Hepburn, Salvatore Ferragamo creates one of his most famous and iconic styles, a suede ballerina with strap.
One of the very first Ferragamo silk scarves, inspired by Italian symbols.
Salvatore Ferragamo travels to Australia looking for business contacts and inspiration. He creates an 18-karat gold sandal for an Australian customer.
Salvatore Ferragamo's dream to "dress a woman from head to toe" continues through his wife and children.
Production begins with Ferragamo handbags, headed by Fiamma Di San Giuliano Ferragamo. In the same year, the ready-to-wear collection by Giovanna Gentile Ferragamo is presented in the Sala Bianca in Palazzo Pitti.
Building upon Salvatore Ferragamo's extensive relationship with the film industry, the Company creates a velvet ankle boot for the actress Brigitte Bardot.
Following in the footsteps of her father, Fiamma Di San Giuliano receives the "Neiman Marcus Award", fashion's Oscar equivalent.
The "Gancino" hardware makes its debut on a Ferragamo handbag.
The Company begins producing Men's shoes and clothing. The Men's line will be further expanded in the Eighties by Leonardo Ferragamo.
Under the direction of Fulvia Visconti Ferragamo, silk scarves and ties become one of the Company's brand statements.
The opening of the Ferragamo store on Fifth Avenue, New York, is celebrated and profiled by the prestigious architectural magazine "Domus".
Designed by Fiamma Di San Giuliani Ferragamo, the "Vara" becomes the Company's most iconic and famous shoe, whose success continues to this day.
The Ferragamo store in the Mandarin Hotel, Hong Kong, marks the start of expansion into the Far East.
The ‘Gancino’ bag, one of Ferragamo's famous handbags, is produced using different materials, such as plexiglass.
Ferragamo opens its first shop in Shanghai, marking the start of expansion into the People's Republic of China.
The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, dedicated to the footwear and history of the Company, opens in Palazzo Spini Feroni.
Ferragamo shoes are exclusivvely made for Madonna for her role in Alan Parker’s film, "Evita."
Ferragamo partners with Luxottica and enters the eyewear market.
Ferragamo Parfums is established.
The expansion of the Company continues in the Far East with the opening of a flagship store in Seoul, South Korea.
Ferragamo expands its Fifth Avenue, New York location, making it the Company's largest flagship store.
Made-to-Measure Men’s “Tramezza” shoes are introduced.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of its first store in Beijing, Ferragamo shows its Men’s and Women’s collections in the Forbidden City.
Eleven years since its inauguration, the Museum is enlarged and moved down to the pillared, cross-vaulted basement in Palazzo Spini Feroni.
Salvatore Ferragamo receives the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award for the indelible impact he left on both the fashion and entertainment industries.
Ferragamo and Timex Group strike a partnership to produce and distribute high-end timepieces.
Ferragamo celebrates its 80th Anniversary in Shanghai.
Ferragamo designs the interior of the exclusive Penthouses in the Pentominium building in Dubai.
Ferragamo creates Nicole Kidman’s shoe wardrobe for the film "Australia", a film directed by Baz Lurhmann.
Massimiliano Giornetti is appointed Creative Director of Salvatore Ferragamo Group.
Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. is listed on the Italian stock exchange, Borsa Italiana S.p.A.
Ferragamo sponsors the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the Louvre and presents the Resort 2012 Collection inside the museum's archways.