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Ferragamo

Italian

A perfectionist who as a child crafted a pair of white shoes for his sister’s first holy communion because his parents couldn’t afford new footwear, Salvatore Ferragamo was ambitious from his earliest days. The young Italian shoemaker established in the years that followed what would one day become a fashion empire — the highly profitable multinational family-owned and -operated luxury brand today counts more than 600 stores in 96 countries around the world, and vintage Ferragamo shoes, handbags and other clothing and accessories are objects of desire for fashion lovers everywhere.

Salvatore Ferragamo sought an education in the art of shoemaking when he was eleven — he apprenticed with a local shoemaker and spent a short time in nearby Naples learning what he could at a shoe factory. He opened his first shop with a handful of workers the following year, and in 1914 — when he was still a teenager — Ferragamo emigrated to America, just as his siblings had before him, seeking new opportunities for work and to learn in the footwear trade.

After securing a job at the Plant Shoe Factory in Boston, Massachusetts, Ferragamo was uninspired by machine-made footwear. He moved across the country to Santa Barbara, California. Owing to a connection he made with a then-actor cousin, Ferragamo found work with the American Film Manufacturing Company. He made women’s shoes and provided durable cowboy boots for a film crew’s costuming department. Ferragamo’s reputation in the world of Hollywood cinema soon broadened, and he established a storefront in Mission Canyon where he made shoes by hand for the likes of actresses Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo and Dolores del Río. 

By the 1920s, film directors commissioned Ferragamo to produce shoes for a range of movies — the list of films eventually included The Ten Commandments, The Covered Wagon and The Thief of Baghdad. When he felt comfortable enough with the English language, Ferragamo also enrolled in anatomy courses at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in order to better understand motion and the demands that we place on our footwear.

By the late 1920s, Ferragamo sought to expand production of his shoes and returned to Italy. He hired scores of apprentices to work in a factory in Florence, where Ferragamo carefully melded the principles of handcraftsmanship with all that he learned about America’s shoe factories. He filed patents — hundreds over the years — on the steel shank arch and many other unique aspects of his shoe design, and when economic and political influences during the 1930s forced Ferragamo to substitute pressed cork for steel to support the arch, the wedge heel was born. Other creative materials he integrated into his forward-looking creations were hemp, felt, nylon fishing line, fish skin and cellophane twisted with silk. 

In the late 1940s, the brand’s first storefront opened in Manhattan, and today Salvatore Ferragamo is known worldwide and is synonymous with a wealth of iconic footwear such as Viva ballet flats, Vara Bow pumps, Gancini loafers and lots more. Ferragamo’s son, Ferruccio, was appointed CEO in 1984. Under his leadership, Ferruccio diversified and expanded the fashion business further, getting into sunglasses, fragrance, watches and made-to-measure men’s shoes. Ferruccio was succeeded by his brother, Leonardo Ferragamo, and British designer Maximilian Davis is now creative director of the brand.

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Designer: Ferragamo
1970s Ferragamo Burgundy Tote Bag
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in Paris, FR
1970s Ferragamo burgundy tote bag featuring an all-over canvas pattern, burgundy leather finishing, top handles, inside camel cotton canvas, inside logo leather brand stamp label. ...
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1970s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Printed Silk Duffel Bag
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Ferragamo -(Made in France) Printed silk and transparent pvc bag. Braided leather handles. Interior lined with fabric. Serial number present. Additional information: Dimensions: ...
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Early 2000s French Ferragamo

1980s Salvatore Ferragamo Leopard Jungle Silk Scarf
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
Salvatore Ferragamo silk scarf featuring a leopard in the wild, on light blue background, red hand-rolled edges, 100% silk, Made in Italy Condition: vintage, 1980s, very good, mini...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

Address Book and Pencil Case Designed by Salvatore Ferragamo for V&A
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
Set of Address Book and Pencils designed by Salvatore Ferragamo for V&A, the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection in South Kensington, London hardcov...
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2010s Italian Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Printed Blouse
By Ferragamo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The ultimate springtime blouse. This Salvatore Ferragamo blouse is made from a sheer 100% silk chiffon fabric ensuring incredible comfort and style. This blouse has long sleeves that feature a mother of pearl button detailing. Cut in a slouchy fit with a v neck and high low fit, this printed blouse...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ferragamo

Ferragamo Blue Wool Duck Print Shawl
By Ferragamo
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ferragamo blue duck design wool and silk blend large shawl. Fringe edges.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Tiger Brown Wool Shawl
By Ferragamo
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ferragamo wool and silk large shawl with tigers design. Brown and beige color way.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Vintage Multi Colored Shoe Print Silk Scarf
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in Portland, OR
This is a wonderful vintage Salvatore Ferragamo silk scarf in an iconic shoe print. We love the variety of shoes and the rich, vibrant colors that define th...
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Late 20th Century Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo BNIB Fuchsia Cross Body Bag
By Ferragamo
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ferragamo BNIB fuchsia leather cross body mini bow bag. Comes with booklet , dust cover and box .
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Woven Bronze Clutch/Crossbody
By Ferragamo
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This highly textured Ferragamo clutch will be your new favorite handbag! Salvatore Ferragamo is highly known to be a luxury Italian shoe designer who emigrated to Boston, MA and then shortly opened a store in Hollywood where he found success. He was always confused that shoes seemed to be beautiful but uncomfortable to wear, he so decided to study anatomy. Making an outfit stylized is all about mixing textures together. To mix textures, try pairing this crossbody/clutch with a soft knit dress, some leather Christian Louboutin knee high boots...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Light Blue Suede Hobo
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Salvatore Ferragamo Light Blue Suede Hobo is in excellent condition. Robin’s egg blue supple suede hobo with feminine pleated details and gold tone Gancini hardware. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Ferragamo

Art Deco Ferragamo Gold Kid and Red Suede Wedges
By Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco Ferragamo Gold Kid and Red Suede Wedges, rare unworn old stock. Strips of gold kid incredibly hand stitched and hand crochet with red cotton ...
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1930s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Blue Kangaroo Silk Scarf
By Ferragamo
Located in Paris, FR
Salvatore Ferragamo blue silk scarf featuring a floral kangaroo, a top logo signature. Circa 1980s In good vintage condition. Made in Italy. 34.6in. (88 cm) X 34.6in. (88 cm) We guar...
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1980s Italian Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Black Cocktail Suit Dress 1990s
By Ferragamo
Located in Brindisi, Bt
Salvatore Ferragamo vintage 90s woman dress. Suit consisting of dress long with vest. Dress with gold-colored button closure, without sleeves. 100% viscose. Color black. Made in Ital...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

Black leather Ferragamo Mules, size 6c Unworn
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
A chic pair of black leather mules by Ferragamo of Italy. As you would expect the leather is of wonderful quality, with leather tops and soles. Heel height 3'' Model : DS 70229H50 6C
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2010s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Black Leather Gancini Satchel Flap Bowler 860416
By Ferragamo
Located in Dix hills, NY
Width (inch) : 12.5 inch(approx) Width (cm) : 32 cm(approx) Height (inch) : 9.84 inch(approx) Height (cm) : 25 cm(approx) Depth (inch) : 5.90 inch(approx) Depth (cm) : 15 cm(approx) ...
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20th Century Ferragamo

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO c.2000’s Men’s Dark Brown 3 Button Leather Sport Coat Jacket
By Ferragamo
Located in Thiensville, WI
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO c.2000’s Men’s Dark Brown 3 Button Leather Sport Coat Jacket Circa: 2000’s Label(s): Ferragamo Style: Blazer jacket Color(s): D...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Deep Purple Wool Vintage Coat
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in Portland, OR
This is a great vintage purple wool coat from Salvatore Ferragamo. The coat can be worn with lapels or with a mandarin collar and it has fl...
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Late 20th Century Italian Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Ivory Leather Driving Mule - Size 6.5
By Ferragamo
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Ferragamo Ivory Leather Driving Mule Shoe Size 6.5. This shoe is made of soft calfskin leather with a slightly rounded toe, decorated with a Gancini buckl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Ferragamo

Vintage Horsebit Gucci Shoes in Black Suede Size 7.5 With Box
By Ferragamo
Located in Portland, OR
These black suede vintage Gucci shoes have the classic silver horse bit buckles and are marked a size 7 and 1/2 B. The calf suede shoes come with ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Multicolor Woven Shoulder Bag
By Salvatore Ferragamo, Ferragamo
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Salvatore Ferragamo Multicolor Woven Shoulder bag. Brown, ivory, creme, sage green and black woven leather shoulder and shopper tote bag with gold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Ferragamo

Vintage Ferragamo Leather Belt
By Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage belt by Ferragamo. The belt is in a burgundy leather with attractive gilt buckle. There are three holes but space enough to add more if necessary. Length 31'' , height...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

1980s Salvatore Ferragamo Vintage Black Wool Coat or Coat Dress Italy 10
By Ferragamo
Located in Portland, OR
This is a wonderful vintage black wool coat dress from Salvatore Ferragamo. This could be worn as a coat if you don't mind slipping it over your head. I love the mandarin collar, a...
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1980s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Graphic Pattern Silk Jumpsuit
By Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Ferragamo, brown and cream, abstract print, wide leg, sleeveless, jumpsuit, having a V neckline and an attached wide sash.
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Early 2000s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo "Boutique" Red patent pumps
By Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Ferragamo "Boutique" Red-patent leather pumps with red-silk bow and gold-tone metal logo on front. Heels measures 1.5", size 8.5 B
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

1970's Ferragamo Ribbed & Cable Burgundy Knit Cardigan
By Ferragamo
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Chic 1970's burgundy wool ribbed and cable knit fitted cardigan with silver and gold plated Ferragamo logo buttons down the front. In excellent condition, no signs of wear. Fits like...
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1970s Italian Ferragamo

Vintage Ferragamo Beaded Belt
By Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
A great vintage designer belt by Ferragamo. The belt is made of biscuit coloured cord/silk, with four rows of beads and tassles at both ends.
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1990s Ferragamo

Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo Coat 1980s Oversized Gray Wool Jacket W Pockets
By Ferragamo
Located in Portland, OR
This is a fabulous 1980's Salvatore Ferragamo vintage gray wool jacket with front pockets. This would make a great addition to any Fall and Winter wardrobe! This versatile coat is f...
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1980s Italian Ferragamo

Vintage Ferragamo Grey Spot Silk Blouse
By Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage blouse by Ferragamo. The blouse has a grey silk background and black and white spot detail, with 2 button cuffs , round neckline and button opening at the back, with f...
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1980s Italian Ferragamo

Altuzarra Lace Dress IT 40
By Ferragamo
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Very chic dress by Altuzarra Lace Black color Opening on front and back Total length cm 115 (45.2 inches) Worldwide express shipping included in the price !
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21st Century and Contemporary Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Black Viscose Long Cocktail Suit Dress 1990s
By Ferragamo
Located in Brindisi, Bt
Salvatore Ferragamo vintage 90s woman dress. Suit consisting of dress long with vest. Dress with gold-colored button closure, without sleeves. 100% viscose. Color black. Made in Ital...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

1990s Salvatore Ferragamo Size 7 Saddle Camel Leather Vintage Oxford 90s Booties
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in San Diego, CA
Insanely chic late 1990s SALVATORE FERRAGAMO saddle camel colored leather high heel lace up oxford booties! The perfect color that matches anything, and is great all year. Can easily...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragomo Vintage Fuchsia + Yellow Colorblock Blouse + Blazer Jacket
By Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic vintage SALVATORE FERRAGOMO fuchsia pink, purple and pale yellow silk tunic blouse and fitted cropped blazer jacket! Tunic features an avant garde flare, with an attached scarf....
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Late 20th Century Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Gold Hardware with Thick Italian Red Lucite Sunglasses
By Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Ferragamo wonderfully elegant gold hardware frames are accented with thick Italian red lucite. The arms are highlighted with their signature name plate in etched gold hardware...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo White Calf Shoulder Bag
By Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Ferragamo's slouchy white calf shoulder Bag with logo toggle and strap buckle. Strap can be removed so can be used as clutch. Leather is gathered near flap for fullness. 13" x 8"...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Golden Border "Winter Travels" Silk Jacquard Scarf
By Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Ferragamo wonderfully elegant and timeless "Winter Travels" Surrounded with golden borders and accented with hand-rolled edges measures 34 inches by 34 1/2 inches. Made In Italy.
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1980s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo "Parrot & Floral" Multi-color Stretch Jeans
By Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
This wonderfully wicked Ferragamo "Parrot & Floral" print stretch jeans are size 6/Italy. The waist measures 27", waistband is 1 1/2" in width, inn...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Black Leather Ballet Flats with Velvet Trim - 7AA
By Ferragamo
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Ferragamo Black Leather Ballet Flats with Velvet Trim - 7AA. These beautiful flats are in excellent condition with minor wear to the leather and some wear on the sole. The shoes feat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Iconic "Leopard" Silk Scarf with Original Box
By Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Ferragamo wonderfully detailed iconic "Leopard" silk scarf with bold multi-colors measures 34" x 34" and finished with hand-rolled edges. This wonderfully elegant and timeless...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Coco brown suede ankle boots
By Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Ferragamo Coco Brown suede ankle boots has fringe detailing towards the top of the boot.
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1980s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Shoulder Bag Shiny Black
By Ferragamo
Located in PARIS, FR
Ferragamo Shoulder Bag Shiny Black - Good condition. Shows slight signs of wear over time. - Ferragamo shoulder bag - Silver shoulder strap - Interior : black suede - Black and silver bag...
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2010s French Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Cotton Jungle Print Vintage 90s
By Ferragamo
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Salvatore Ferragamo cotton jungle print jeans vintage 1990s. Bright print in yellows, greens, blues, corals & greens, of leopards, indigenous people, tropical flowers & parrots. The fabric is soft with a bit of stretch. High rise waist, sits at the natural waist, belt loops and a silver Ferragamo logo button close above the metal fly...
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1990s Italian Ferragamo

Ferragamo Vintage Micro Shoulder Bag
By Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
Tiny Ferragamo Vintage Mini Shoulder Bag. Black leather mini shoulder bag from Ferragamo Vintage featuring a foldover top with flip-lock clos...
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20th Century Unknown Ferragamo

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Questions About Ferragamo
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Ferragamo is mostly known for producing luxury silk ties for men and handcrafted leather shoes for women and men. One of the Italian fashion house's signature styles is the stacked-heel, bow-capped Vara Pump, which debuted in the 1970s. Shop a range of Ferragamo apparel and accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Famed shoemaker Ferragamo was born Salvatore Ferragamo in 1898 in Bonito, Italy. The future shoe designer was the eleventh of 14 children born to Antonio Ferragamo and Mariantonia Ferragamo (both had the same surname prior to their marriage). It is reported that at age nine he made himself a pair of shoes and decided that he had found his calling. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Ferragamo shoes from some of the world’s top sellers.
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    Ferragamo’s Gancini print is a famous pattern that resembles a series of interlacing hooks. It was inspired by the metalwork of the Palazzo Spini Feroni gates. It is usually printed in black and white. Shop an array of Ferragamo pieces featuring the iconic Gancini print on 1stDibs.

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