Situated in Florence, on the basement of Palazzo Spini Feroni, By way of Tornabuoni n. 2, the museum was opened to the general public in 1995 by the Ferragamo family, in an effort for example Ferragamo’s inventive qualities and the necessary function he performed within the history of shoe design and worldwide style.
In addition to photographs, patents, sketches, books, magazines and wooden lasts of various well-known feet, the museum boasts a set of draws 10,000 models designed by Ferragamo from the end of the 1920’s till 1960, the 12 months of his death. The sneakers, displayed on a biennial rotation, are chosen each time in keeping with specific themes that deal with new points and permit for new fields of inquiry. The shoes, all works of refined craftsmanship, their design and supplies, unveil the mind of an artist who was all the time in contact with the cultural mood of the time. Salvatore typically searched for and found ideas, inspiration and collaboration from the leading artists of his day. Similarly, the museum arranges exhibitions of its personal historic collection with the participation of contemporary artists, and promotes and hosts exhibitions and occasions linked to artwork and culture.
The Primo Premio Guggenheim Impresa & Cultura (The Guggenheim First Prize for Trade and Culture) for 1999 was awarded to Salvatore Ferragamo for its decision to invest in tradition and subsequently employ it as a communication strategy for the company.
Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, close to Naples, the eleventh of 14 children. After making his first pair of shoes at age 9, for his sisters to wear on their confirmation, younger Salvatore determined that he had discovered his calling. He always had a ardour for footwear. After finding out shoemaking in Naples for a yr, Ferragamo opened a small retailer primarily based in his guardian’s house. In 1914, he emigrated to Boston, the place certainly one of his brothers labored in a cowboy boot factory. After a short stint on the manufacturing facility, Ferragamo satisfied his brothers to maneuver to California, first Santa Barbara then Hollywood. It was here that Ferragamo found success, initially opening a shop for repair and made-to-measure footwear, which soon turned prized gadgets among celebrities of the day, leading to an extended interval of designing footwear for the cinema. Nevertheless, his thriving popularity as ‘Shoemaker to the Stars’ only partially glad him. He could not fathom why his sneakers happy the eye but hurt the foot, so he proceeded to review anatomy on the University of Southern California.
After spending thirteen years in the United States, Ferragamo returned to Italy in 1927, this time settling in Florence. In Florence, he started to vogue shoes for the wealthiest and most powerful women of the century.
Palazzo Spini Feroni is a Medieval palace, built by Geri Spini, a wealthy service provider and banker to Pope Boniface VIII, in 1289. Over the centuries it changed hands several instances, from the Spinis to the Guasconis and then to the Bagnano and Feroni households. In 1846 the palazzo was acquired by town of Florence and from 1860 to 1870 when Florence was the capital of Italy, it was the seat of the town Council. In 1881 it was bought to the Cassa di Risparmio and got here below private ownership when Salvatore Ferragamo purchased it in 1938 as the headquarters of the corporate and his personal workshop. The constructing was restored in 2000 and now proudly reveals its masterpieces of seventeenth and eighteenth century Fiorentine art, including frescoes by Bernardino Poccetti within the chapel. The decrease, or basement stage, the place the museum is positioned bears witness to the constructing’s Medieval originals. Over the centuries it had been used for many purposes and within the early twentieth century it was house to one of the city’s most well-known antiques galleries.