Gianvito Rossi talks childhood memories and his design ethos with Justine Lee
f you see an impeccably dressed woman walking down the street in perfect heels sans distinguishing characteristics—no bright red sole, no logo or emblem that screams designer label—chances are you’re admiring a pair of shoes by Italian shoemaker Gianvito Rossi. Alternatively, try asking any stylista around town who crafts the best (and, we might add, the most comfortable) pair of heels, and they’ll likely direct you to Rossi’s boutique, tucked away in Central’s On Lan Street.
Gianvito is continuing the family business—he’s the son of renowned shoemaker Sergio Rossi, who in turn got his start in the 1950s upon learning the traditions and artisanship of the trade from his father. Gianvito launched his eponymous label in 2006 at Milan Fashion Week, and his footwear has since become associated with highly recognisable yet below-the-radar design, fit and quality.