On a tour through Italy this summer? Or maybe planning to visit shortly.. As a fashion lover and maybe a little ‘shoeaddicted’ you should visit this wonderful museum in Florence.
The museum’s shoe collection documents Salvatore Ferragamo’s entire career, from his return to Italy in 1927 to his death in 1960. It also includes shoes produced from the time of his death to the present day. The Ferragamo family founded the museum in May 1995 to acquaint an international audience with the artistic qualities of Salvatore Ferragamo and the role he played in the history of not only shoes but international fashion as well. The museum is located in the historical centre of Florence, in Palazzo Spini Ferroni, which has also been the company’s headquarters since 1938.
Palazzo Spini Feroni is a Medieval palace originally built in 1289 by Geri Spini, a wealthy merchant and banker to Pope Boniface VIII. It has known several owners over the centuries, from the Spini family to the Guasconi, Bagnano and Feroni families.
Passion for shoes
The eleventh of fourteen children, Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, a small village 100 kilometres from Naples. Even as a child, Salvatore showed a great passion for shoes: at the age of 11 he was apprenticed to a shoemaker in Naples and at 13 he opened his own shop in Bonito. When he was 16, he travelled to America to join one of his brothers who was working for a large shoe factory in Boston.
In collaboration with Fondazione Ferragamo, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo organises educational workshops on handcraftsmanship, fashion and design for children, teenagers and adults.
Read more about this interesting history and collection at the link nbelow this article.
This shoe illustration: Kidskin sandal with layered cork sole and heel covered in suede. This shoe was designed for Judy Garland, 1938.
Palazzo Spini Feroni
Piazza Santa Trinita 5/R, 50123 Florence.
Free entrance to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
every first Sunday of the month.
Fashion illustration by Linda Zoon