Fashion may be stuck in neutral at the moment, as business offices are mostly still closed, and nightlife remains all but entirely shutdown. Simply put, people don’t have all that many reasons to get dressed up right now.
For our part, we surely can’t wait until the day that we can slip on a pair of gorgeous pumps again, and step fabulously into a room full of fabulous people. But in order to calm our worries about the future of fashion, it seems like it could just be worth taking a look back at the past, to remember just how we got here. And speaking of stylish pumps, Ferragamo had actually started us down that historic path by introducing its engaging new TRIVIA game back in April. And now they’ve launched a branded podcast, debuting today, August 31, which will take us even a little deeper.
Indeed, founder Salvatore’s glittering autobiography Shoemaker of Dreams was first published in 1957, just three years before he was taken by cancer at just 62 years of age. (His wife Wanda, who died in 2018 at 96, then built the business into a global empire.) Said book is now the inspiration for Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino’s feature-length Ferragamo documentary of the same name, premiering September 6 in the Out of Competition portion of this year’s Venice Film Festival, which takes place September 2 – 12.
The story traces Salvatore’s remarkable journey from Naples shoe apprentice, to young Hollywood hotshot footwear designer, to his return to Florence, where he birthed his namesake brand / aforementioned empire. And the podcast will feature famous Ferragamo friends Stanley Tucci, Jessica Alba, Michelle Monaghan, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Caitriona Balfe, to name but a few, each completely reading one of the 22 chapters of the book. We must admit, we are especially looking forward to the Isabella Rossellini episode, for reasons that hardly even require explication.
It’s actually a notably clever idea, offering up both a captivating narrative, and a welcome degree of substance to go along with it—and most urgently, certainly, as the podcast landscape has become one of so much rambling, disinteresting narcissism. And as with the book itself, it’s dedicated, as Salvatore would say, “To all those who must walk.”
But especially those who can do it with style.