Acclaimed filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name) tracks Salvatore Ferragamo’s life from humble beginnings to fashion icon.
In the early 20th century, impoverished teenage Italian cobbler Ferragamo sailed from Naples to America to seek a better life. He settled in Southern California, and became Hollywood’s go-to shoemaker during the silent era. In 1927, he returned to Italy and founded in Florence his namesake luxury brand.
Combining a treasure trove of 100-year-old archival footage; an extraordinary stop-motion “shoe ballet”; and incisive commentary, this documentary is a portrait of a man whose vision, passion, and craftsmanship made him “shoemaker to the stars” and an enduring cultural, fashion, and artistic influence.