Italian-born shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo emigrated to the United States as a teenager, settling eventually in Hollywood. In 13 years, Ferragamo gained a reputation that saw him create shows for some of Hollywood's most glamourous women for on and off screen roles. Moving back to his homeland in 1927, Ferragamo proceeded to establish an eponymous footwear brand that drew inspiration from the glamour of Hollywood and the anatomy degree he had taken at the University of Southern California to better understand how to make his shoes both beautiful and comfortable.

An innovator and visionary, Ferragamo popularised and invented many of the styles that remain immensely popular today including the wedge and cage heels, and often favoured the use of distinctly unconventional materials. Although Ferragamo passed away in 1960, his namesake company remains in family hands, and is today a company that also produces a wide range accessories and ready-to-wear that remain true to the philosophy of innovation and traditional Italian craftsmanship.