Meet Gianvito Rossi – A Man and His ShoesLeave a Comment
You create shoes that are so wearable. What is your secret?
It is all about creating the perfect shoe last*, which makes the difference. It takes time to create and form the shape of the shoe so that will be comfortable and yet still refined. For me, it’s important that the shoe is made for the wearer and not for the sake of the shoe itself.
Your father is a well-known shoe designer. What made you do your own thing? And how do you differentiate yourself from your father’s design DNA?
I worked closely with my father for many years, so I reached a point when I felt like creating my own things. His work is very playful and avant-garde, which is quite amazing, because every shoe is a work of art. I wanted to create something more timeless and slightly simpler and more feminine.
Your design takes a very minimalistic approach, which makes your shoes popular in Scandinavia. What is your secret?
I believe the silhouette is the highlight of a woman. Therefore, I want to create shoes that are an extension of you as a woman, not statement pieces.
What will the ideal, must-have, women’s shoe look like for Spring/Summer 2016?
For spring we are looking more towards the 70s, with rounded toes and a wider heel. The colours go from brown to dark red, spiced up with some lace details.
Mary Jane patent leather pumps, Gianvito Rossi/ Luisa Via Roma, €497 – SHOP NOW
Crisscross suede boots from Sergio Rossi/ Luisa Via Roma, €755 – SHOP NOW
- Do you want to learn more about the world of shoes? If you are in London, check out the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the Victoria & Albert Museum, on view until 31 January 2016. The exhibition looks at the global span of footwear, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes from around the world.
* Editor’s Note: A last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot. It is used by shoemakers and cordwainers in the manufacture and repair of shoes.