Salvatore Ferragamo today announces that Paul Andrew will step down as Creative Director of Salvatore Ferragamo, a role he has held since 2019. British-born Paul Andrew assumed the creative helm at Ferragamo after pausing his namesake luxury shoe label – first for women’s footwear in 2016 and eventually for all product categories in 2019. Andrew will exit the company in May 2021 in order to pursue other professional opportunities.
The creative and design direction of Ferragamo will continue with the oversight of the existing in-house team. “I have been profoundly inspired by the intelligence and technical mastery of Salvatore Ferragamo, a man whose genius built the company that today bears his name. It has been an honour to forward and give new life to his design legacy and ground-breaking innovation. I will always be grateful for this opportunity, proud of the work we have accomplished and encouraged to continue to create with integrity and conviction”, stated Paul Andrew.
“Salvatore Ferragamo thanks Paul Andrew for his passion and commitment and for his contribution to enhancing the position and creative vision of the house”, commented Micaela le Divelec Lemmi, Chief Executive Officer of Salvatore Ferragamo.
Having honed his craft at Calvin Klein and Alexander McQueen , Paul Andrew launched his eponymous line of women’s shoes in 2012. Since then he has established himself as footwear’s rising star and in 2014, he became the first shoe designer to win the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. After joining Salvatore Ferragamo in September 2016 as design director of women’s footwear, he was promoted to women’s director in October 2017 and creative director of the brand in February 2019.
Andrew’s designs are at once daring and practical, combining luxury, well-sourced materials and handmade craftsmanship with the latest technologies. This dedication to innovative, exciting design coupled with practicality has earned him both critical and commercial respect. “It has to be something that you can put on your foot and wear and feel confident and sexy and comfortable,” explained the designer.