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The Art Of The Stiletto With Gianvito Rossi

Gianvito Rossi interview

While it’s plain to see just how aesthetically pleasing a pair of Gianvito Rossi shoes is, it’s the comfort factor that has got footwear fans in a frenzy. With A-list devotees including Kate Hudson and Olivia Palermo, we caught up with Gianvito Rossi – son of legendary shoe designer Sergio Rossi – to discover the secret to his coveted stilettos...

Can you tell us about your brand aesthetic; what are your key design values?

For me, there are three things that are really important to consider when designing a shoe: the elegance, the femininity and the modernity. Often if you go for very feminine, very elegant shoes it’s easy to make them classic, but I think it’s important to introduce an element of modernity through original touches, something a little bit different; that’s what I’m trying to do – a simple shape with an element of originality, such as a high back or transparency, to give this element of modernity.

You worked with your father Sergio – what was that like and how did it influence your work now?

Everything I know about shoes I learnt from my father. I had the chance to work with him for more than 20 years, and he’s still helping me with techniques! I’ve learned that everybody has their own angle, though.

"For me, there are three things that are really important to consider when designing a shoe: the elegance, the femininity and the modernity."
Gianvito Rossi
Gianvito Rossi interview
You’re known for your super-elegant yet comfortable stilettos; how do you fuse comfort with style?

It needs a lot of attention. It’s an element you need to consider throughout the design process because it really depends on the design. It’s very important, you have to really think about it. 

Do you have a shoe muse or someone you would really love to design a shoe for?

I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of muses! Generally speaking, women are my inspiration because every woman is special.

Gianvito Rossi interview
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The Portofino Sandal

Elevating the barely-there sandal to super-elegant heights, the Portofino sees a panel of leather sweep up from the heel to maximise support and frame the silhouette.

Who is the Rossi woman?

I think she’s a very independent woman. She loves fashion but is not a fashion victim. It must be about the woman, not just the shoes, so she’s a woman who wants to live and feel feminine without feeling forced to follow trends.

How would you sum up your own footwear style - what do you look for in a shoe?

As a woman’s shoe should be feminine, I think a man should care about his masculine side, but without excess. I don’t like when men’s shoes are too fancy.