One of my first posts was about my style icon/role model, Clinton Kelly, and I just recently found this video where he talks about his book “Freakin’ Fabulous,” hope you enjoy
Salvatore Ferragamo was a visionary in the field of shoes, from a young age he knew his calling was shoes and he was right. He took his passion for shoes and shared it with the world, his creations were unique and smart.
Salvatore Ferragamo was born on June 5 1898 to an Italian family. He was the 11th child of 14. Ferragamo made his first pair of shoes at the age of nine for his sister. He died in 1960 at the age of 62.
Ferragamo studied shoe making in Naples, and soon after started a small business out of his parents’ home. He moved to Boston to work in a boot factory with his brother in 1914. Ferragamo convinced his brother to move to Hollywood with him where they established a shoe repair shop that also created made-to-measure shoes. This repair shop quickly became the hottest spot to buy shoes among celebrities of that time, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. He became known as the “Shoemaker to the Stars.” Ferragamo was confused at why his shoes were attractive to the eye but were a burden to the foot, he decided to do something about that and he studied Anatomy at University of Southern California. After thirteen successful years in the states hew decides to move back to Italy. There he started working on new designs, and making shoes for some very powerful women, such as Eva Peron and Princess Diana. During The Great Depression he was forced to file for bankruptcy, but came back only 5 years later. During the 50’s he increased his workers to 700 specialists making over 350 shoes a day. After he died he left the business to his family, his wife and his six children. Now the company Salvatore Ferragamo sells shoes and accessories as well as ready-to-wear clothing.
He is most famous for his several creations in the shoe industry, the cage heel, the wedge heel and other forms of platform shoes. Also he created the famous “Ruby Slippers” that were worn by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
Salvatore Ferragamo’s biggest influence is in the fashion industry is his contribution to the world of shoes. He wasn’t afraid to push the barrier to almost weird and yet still created some of the most simple and elegant shoes as well. He used bold colors and made them look amazing. He is a great influence on shoemakers everywhere.
References : Fashion Influential #16: Salvatore Ferragamo
(Also on that Site are a lot of great other style influences!)
I find Clinton Kelly to be one of the most inspiring people in the world of fashion, not only because he does what I want to do but also his whole attitude towards clothes and life amazes me! I follow his twitter, I own both his books and I watch him on What Not To Wear(WNTW) every spare moment!
I have posted links to His Website and the WNTW site, if you would like full biographies, but I will give my own version below.
Born in Panama in 1969, but raised on Long Island, New York.
Attended Boston College and Northwestern University for Journalism
Signature look : Suit with Pocket Square!
Editor – Marie Claire, Mademoiselle, DNR
Host – What Not To Wear (Co-Host with Stacy London), Several other Specials on TLC
Spokesperson – Macy’s
Author – Freakin’ Fabulous: How to D, S, B, E, D, E, D, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else
Dress Your Best (Co-Author with Stacy London)
I like to say I want to be like Clinton, but really I admire what he has achieved and I someday would too like to achieve the same to some sort, but in different ways. He started out as a writer, I, myself do not consider myself an amazing writer, so even though my goal may be close to what he has become, my stops along the way will be completely different. Obviously, he has done something right, so I love reading articles about him, or even more by him. It lets me into his mind a little bit. Also every time I watch WNTW I say “Love Clinton’s outfit” or crack up laughing from a joke he told to Stacy.
I’ve never met Clinton Kelly, and its not like I’d fly halfway around the world to. But I hope someday to meet him. But maybe I’ll wait until I become a famous stylist/Fashion Consultant, and then he’ll want to meet with me!
Below I put a picture of him posing for pictures from his old website, I thought this one was funny and I enjoy the cowboy look quite a lot!
References WNTW Site : Clinton Biography