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Salvatore Ferragamo (June 5, 1898 - August 7, 1960) an Italian shoe designer, worked with many Hollywood film stars and celebrities.
Ferragamo studied shoe-making in his native country in Naples for only a year before he opened a small store located in his parent’s home.
1914 found Salvatore Ferragamo living in Boston, working in a cowboy boot factory. Convincing his brothers to move with him to California and opening a repair and custom shoe-making shop, he found great success with celebrities of that time. Later he returned to Italy to open a workshop in the Via Mannelli focusing on design, applying science and engineering and acquiring patents.
There were bumps along the way but he grew the business and it eventually thrived as an iconic luxury brand, known and coveted Internationally.