Feet FIRST: Industry discuss is swirling that Paul Andrew might be named as Salvatore Ferragamo’s first-ever creative director for sneakers.
If hired, this role would add to Andrew’s already-steep roster of each day tasks. He, of course, designs a namesake men’s and women’s model offered at luxurious retailers together with Bergdorf Goodman, whereas also consulting on shoe designs for companies including Via Spiga and Principle.
Andrew honed his expertise at Donna Karan, where he worked for practically a decade rising to the position of vice president, design, footwear and accessories. Prior to working with Karan, Andrew held design roles at both Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez.
His namesake brand, launched in 2012, is predicated on easy, streamlined feminine silhouettes which might be engineered for versatility and comfort. The line expanded into the men’s category for fall. In August, this men’s assortment was honored with the Model Launch award at the Equipment Council’s annual ACE Awards. Andrew won the CFDA/Vogue Style Fund in 2014, as nicely because the Swarovski Award for emerging equipment design talent at the 2016 CFDA Awards.
Neither Ferragamo nor Andrew replied to requests for remark. When reached by phone, a spokesperson for Andrew said that she had “no remark./p>
If appointed at Ferragamo, Andrew would step right into a model in flux. Earlier this month, chief government supply Michele Norsa left the label, replaced by Furla ceo Eraldo Poletto.
Ferragamo inventive director Massimiliano Giornetti additionally departed the label in March, after sixteen years with the brand. Ferragamo has yet to call a successor, and mentioned it is focusing on strengthening its in-house design team.
Despite these adjustments, Ferragamo’s profits continue to tick ahead. Within the six months ended June 30, progress within the Americas and Japan helped offset softness in Asia and Europe. Ferragamo posted a 2.Three p.c gain in internet profit to ninety million euros, or $100.8 million, compared with 88 million euros, or $103 million, in the same interval last 12 months.