STEP­PING UP

Gian­vito Rossi talks child­hood mem­o­ries and his de­sign ethos with Justine Lee

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

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.

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