It has been 60 years since the passing of Salvatore Ferragamo—the Italian shoe maestro who's designs graced the feet of Hollywood's elite, including Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. The shoemaker's relationship with the world of cinema began early on in his career with the opening of a store on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The Hollywood Boot Shop was one of Ferragamo's first stores before he returned to Italy and established the brand we know now.
Ferragamo's brush with Hollywood and movies continues on with Luca Guadagnino's Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams documentary. The two-hour long film made its premiere at the recent Venice Film Festival on 5 September. Narrated by Call Me by Your Name (also a Guadagnino-directed film) actor Michael Sthulbarg, Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams details the life of the designer, with an emphasis on his personal journey and time spent in Hollywood in the '20s.
While we'd probably have to wait a bit more before the film gets a wide release, the contents are based on Ferragamo's autobiography of a similar name, Salvatore Ferragamo: Shoemaker of Dreams. The book has most recently been republished and refreshed with a new cover. But to create a sort of multi-sensorial experience, the brand has enlisted its roster of famous friends and fans to breathe new life into the story of its founder.
In 23 episodes, the entire book has been reproduced in a podcast format. Lending their voices for a chapter each, are familiar names such as Stanley Tucci, Jessica Alba, Michelle Monaghan and Hero Fiennes Tiffin, just to name a few. More than an homage to Ferragamo's legacy, it's an example of how his works have connected so many different people together as well as how his name continues to be a force in Hollywood and beyond.