Sergio Rossi Wiki – Sergio Rossi Biography
Sergio Rossi who was an Italian footwear designer has died at the age of 84. Having been admitted to hospital a few days ago in Cesena, a city in Emilia-Romagna, one of the regions hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, it is being reported that he may have died from the disease.
Sergio Rossi Age
He was 84 years old.
Sergio Rossi Death by Corona Virus
Announcing the news of the designer’s death on Friday morning, the brand’s chief executive, Riccardo Sciutto, told the fashion website Women’s Wear Daily: “He was a master, it was a great pleasure to have met him. He was our spiritual guide and he is today more than ever.”
Mr. Rossi founded his namesake brand in 1951 and went on to become one of the most renowned accessory designers in Italy — a country known for handcrafted accessories — collaborating with everyone from Dolce & Gabbana to Gianni Versace. It was a family business: Rossi’s father was a shoemaker, and his son, Gianvito Rossi, went on to start his own successful accessories brand.
Sergio Rossi Career
Having learnt the craft of shoemaking from his father, Rossi began selling his designs in shops in Bologna in 1966, before launching his eponymous brand in 1968.
Among the cordwainer’s most famous shoe designs was the extravagantly strappy, round-soled Opanca sandal and the more classic, sharp-toed and high-heeled Godiva pump.
In 1999, the Sergio Rossi brand was sold to the Gucci Group, now know as Kering, one of the world’s biggest luxury fashion conglomerates, before being sold by Kering to European investment house Investindustrial in 2015.
Sciutto said the designer “loved women and was able to capture a woman’s femininity in a unique way. He was never over-the-top, always in good taste. The shoes were always wearable and he was never satisfied until they were perfect. They were not accessories for him. He told me once that he wanted to create the perfect extension of a woman’s leg.”
Sergio Rossi Shoes
His shoes were used by designers such as Azzedine Alaïa, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana in their collections, and worn by celebrities from Lupita Nyong’o to Rihanna, and Paris Hilton to Laura Dern. Ariana Grande has often offset her signature short, baggy hoodies and high ponytail look with a pair of the late designer’s Matrix thigh-high boots.
Sergio Rossi Shoes Company
Sergio Rossi is an Italian women’s footwear company that also produces handbags and other accessories. The brand is known for its craftsmanship and feminine designs. The Sergio Rossi label was owned by the French group Kering until it was sold to the Italian buyout firm Investindustrial in December 2015.