Salvatore Ferragamo Celebrated 100 Years In Hollywood With The Newly Unveiled Rodeo Drive Flagship Store

Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian luxury fashion House, celebrated the debut of an impressive design concept by renowned architect William Sofield with the reopening of the Beverly Hills Flagship store on Rodeo Drive. The unveiling of the new concept, inspired by Salvatore’s years of innovation in California, marked a return to Hollywood, 100 years in the making.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  A view of store signage as Ferragamo Celebrates 100 Years in Hollywood at the newly unveiled Ferragamo boutique on September 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Ferragamo)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: A view of store signage as Ferragamo Celebrates 100 Years in Hollywood at the newly unveiled Ferragamo boutique on September 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Ferragamo)

Salvatore Ferragamo , (5 June 1898 – 7 August 1960), the founder, was an Italian shoe designer. He worked with many Hollywood stars in the 1920s, before returning to Italy to found the eponymous company making unique handmade footwear. His scientific and creative approach to shoes spawned many innovations such as the wedge heel and cage heel. Film stars and celebrities continue to patronize his company, which has evolved into a luxury goods empire spanning the world.

Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, near Avellino, the eleventh of 14 children. After making his first pair of shoes at age nine, for his sisters to wear at their confirmation, young Salvatore decided that he had found his calling.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Creative Director for Salvatore Ferragamo Massimiliano Giornetti (L) and CEO & group managing director for Salvatore Ferragamo Michele Norsa attend as Ferragamo Celebrates 100 Years in Hollywood at the newly unveiled Ferragamo boutique on September 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Ferragamo)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Creative Director for Salvatore Ferragamo Massimiliano Giornetti (L) and CEO & group managing director for Salvatore Ferragamo Michele Norsa attend as Ferragamo Celebrates 100 Years in Hollywood at the newly unveiled Ferragamo boutique on September 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Ferragamo)

After studying shoemaking in Naples for a year, Ferragamo opened a small store based in his parent’s home. In 1914, he emigrated to Boston, where one of his brothers worked 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 here that Ferragamo found success, initially opening a shop for repair and made-to-measure shoes, which soon became prized items among celebrities of the day, leading to a long period of designing footwear for the cinema. However, his thriving reputation as ‘Shoemaker to the Stars’ only partially satisfied him. He could not fathom why his shoes pleased the eye yet hurt the foot, so he proceeded to study anatomy at the University of Southern California.

After spending thirteen years in the United States, Ferragamo returned to Italy in 1927, this time settling in Florence. He began to fashion shoes for the wealthiest and most powerful women of the century, from the Maharani of Cooch Behar to Eva Peron to Marilyn Monroe. He opened a workshop in the Via Mannelli, concentrating his efforts in experimenting with design, applying for patents for ornamental and utility models and some related inventions.

Salvatore Ferragamo died in 1960 at the age of 62, but his name lives on as an international company, which has since expanded its operations to include luxury shoes, bags, eyewear, silk accessories, watches, perfumes and a ready-to-wear clothing line. The company is currently owned by the Ferragamo family, which in November 2006 included Salvatore’s widow Wanda, five children, 23 grandchildren and other relatives.

The company hosted an exclusive cocktail event with Fulvia Visconti Ferragamo, James Ferragamo, Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti, CEO Michele Norsa and architect William Sofield joined by an array of LA celebrities and tastemakers including Demi MooreFreida PintoArmie Hammer and Elizabeth ChambersCamilla BelleKiernan ShipkaMackenzie FoyAngela LindvallAndy GarciaCody Horn, Holland Roden, Eric Buterbaugh, Shiva Rose, China Chow, Amanda Luttrell Garrigus, Joel Silver, Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers, stylist Petra Flannery, Jessica de Ruiter, Kelly Lynch, Kelly SawyerErica Pelosini, Kate Brien, Brigette Romanek, Crystal Lourd, Minnie Mortimer, Brooke Davenport, Marlien Rentmeester, and more. To celebrate Ferragamo’s legacy in film, then and now, the evening was feted by next generation Hollywood including Ethan PeckHopper Penn, Lydia Hearst, Tallulah and Scout Willis, Sasha Spielberg, Lorraine NicholsonIreland Baldwinand Dominik Garcia-Lorido.(VIP/Influencers highlighted by an underline, wore Ferragamo to the event) Continue reading

amfAR’s CINEMA AGAINST AIDS GALA RAISES A RECORD BREAKING $35 MILLION FOR RESEARCH TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS AND TO HELP FIND A CURE

EVENT SPONSORED BY WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT, BOLD FILMS, BVLGARI, MERCEDES-BENZ and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

The 21st annual Cinema Against AIDS raised a record $35 million last night, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV/AIDS. The star-studded black-tie event was held at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc and was presented by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, and BVLGARI.
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum speak onstage during amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for amfAR)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum speak onstage during amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for amfAR)

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Dean Caten, Sharon Stone and Dan Caten attend amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR14/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Dean Caten, Sharon Stone and Dan Caten attend amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR14/WireImage)

Since amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS in 1993, the event has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, Demi Moore, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.
Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no borders. amfAR’s programs have had a global reach since 1986, when the Foundation began awarding international grants. Today, amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment programs around the globe.
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  (L-R) Eva Herzigova and Sharon Stone speak onstage during amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: (L-R) Eva Herzigova and Sharon Stone speak onstage during amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Kellan Lutz attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/amfAR14/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Kellan Lutz attends amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/amfAR14/WireImage)

Sharon Stone was once again a Chair of the event, along with Harvey Weinstein, amfAR ambassador Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, BVLGARI Ambassador Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Carine Roitfeld, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Bulgari Group Chief Executive Officer Jean-Christophe Babin, amfAR Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, Worldview Entertainment chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow, and Worldview Entertainment COO Molly Conners.

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