Per­fect 10

Singapore Tatler - - STYLE FASHION -

Young Gian­vito Rossi grew up in dad Ser­gio Rossi’s shoe ate­lier, so it is no sur­prise that he knows how to cre­ate the per­fect heel: time­less and com­fort­able. Cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of his epony­mous label, he re­veals to Daphne Chen-cordeiro 10 things you didn’t know about the brand

The se­cret to the Gian­vito Rossi signature stiletto is… car­bon fi­bre. I wanted to cre­ate the light­est san­dal, both in terms of weight and de­sign. Car­bon fi­bre worked per­fectly.

The most cru­cial step in

shoe­mak­ing is… the way you as­sem­ble the shoe; specif­i­cally, the lining. It af­fects the qual­ity and fit of ev­ery shoe.

The only way to cre­at­ing

com­fort­able heels is… hav­ing the per­fect shoe last. It’s an el­e­ment that you re­ally need to put thought and care into. When it comes to de­sign­ing footwear, I al­ways start with… the pro­por­tion and sil­hou­ette, and then con­sider the ma­te­ri­als and de­tails af­ter. The new­est ma­te­rial used in our au­tumn/win­ter 2017 col­lec­tion is… a rich matte satin in a se­ries of in­tense hues for our pumps and san­dals. It is an un­der­stated ma­te­rial, and is clas­sic, time­less and mod­ern. That is what the Gian­vito Rossi brand is about. The num­ber of peo­ple in­volved in each shoe is… more than 50. They are in­volved in a num­ber of tasks, from the cut­ting of the leather to the shoe fin­ish­ing. There are so many ways to cre­ate a pump and I choose… the method with 60 steps, in­stead of 30, be­cause my fo­cus is al­ways on qual­ity first. The first peo­ple who test­drive ev­ery Gian­vito Rossi shoe are… our fe­male em­ploy­ees at the fac­tory. They have tech­ni­cal knowl­edge when it comes to footwear and they give the most hon­est feed­back. They are truly the best! My fa­ther Ser­gio Rossi cre­ated shoes, and so do I… My son is work­ing with me now and hope­fully, my daugh­ter will too. The best ad­vice that my fa­ther gave me on shoe­mak­ing is… “there is al­ways a way to do it bet­ter, keep look­ing for it!”

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