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Salvatore Ferragamo: the cobbler who became shoemaker to the stars

fashion museum heritage

Overlooking the Via Tornabuoni, the Palazzo Spini Feroni houses the museum and headquarters of the Salvatore Ferragamo group. A must for lovers of shoes and art.

The story of Salvatore Ferragamo would make a great film. The little Neapolitan lad from Bonito, apprenticed to a shoemaker in Naples, leaves for America at 14 to join his brother in a footwear company in Boston. In the early 1920s, he opens a shop in Hollywood and makes shoes for Mary Pickford, Rudolf Valentino, and Douglas Fairbanks...

Back in Italy, he chooses Florence to make his mark. His Cork Wedges and reinforced high heels are snapped up by Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Audrey Hepburn. All the stars come to his shop in the Palazzo Spini Feroni, which was built in 1289 and acquired by Salvatore in 1938. The museum opened in 1995, and displays around 10,000 models by the shoemaking genius, as well as contemporary works of art.

Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
Palazzo Spini Feroni
Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5/R
50123 Firenze

+39 055 356 2846

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