Paul Andrew makes his debut as design director for women’s shoes at Salvatore Ferragamo; fine jewellery brands design pieces that are tougher than nails; and Ollie Quinn has a global view on eyewear.
The late SALVATORE FERRAGAMO was a favourite of Hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. When Paul Andrew was hired as design director for women’s shoes at Ferragamo in September 2016, it seemed, as they say, a perfect fit. Andrew had a red carpet hit last summer with his own Zenadia pump, and he worked with Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez and Donna Karan before starting his own line. Andrew says this newly created role is his opportunity “to introduce Ferragamo to a new generation of women.” It also means he now divides his time between his home in New York and the Ferragamo atelier in Florence, Italy. “I get to collaborate with true artisans,” he explains. “Many of the craftsmen and craftswomen at Ferragamo have been making shoes by hand for generations.”
For his debut, Andrew held true to the brand’s mid-heel heights that we love (think Alexa Chung in the Vara shoe) but added sexy numbers, like a gold-heeled lace-up sandal in purple or black. “The gold column heel was born from an original creation by Salvatore Ferragamo in 1939,” he explains. “I reimagined this design detail as a modern interpretation of Ferragamo’s glamorous legacy.” Our early fall favourite is the sock bootie in red and black with “Ferragamo” monogrammed on the ribbing.
MARILYN MONROE IN FERRAGAMO, 1949; LILY COLLINS IN FERRAGAMO SATIN PEEP-TOE PLATFORM PUMPS, 2017