Sergio Rossi

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Sergio Rossi
Industry Luxury goods
Founded 1966
Founder Sergio Rossi
Headquarters Milan, Italy
Key people
Riccardo Sciutto
Parent Investindustrial

Sergio Rossi is an Italian women’s footwear company that also produces a limited range of handbags and other accessories. The brand is renowned for its craftsmanship and feminine designs. The Sergio Rossi label was owned by the French Group Kering until it was sold to Italian buyout firm Investindustrial in December 2015.[1] Riccardo Sciutto is the CEO of Sergio Rossi.

Sergio Rossi boutique, Via Montenapoleone Milano


Boutique Sergio Rossi, rue De Grenelle Paris


Sergio Rossi was born in 1935[2] in the town of San Mauro Pascoli, in the Romagna region of Italy. He inherited from his father, a shoemaker, the tools and the traditions of a great artisan.[3] Sergio Rossi built his factory in San Mauro Pascoli in 1966,[4] In the early years, Sergio Rossi worked through the winter making sandals that he would later sell his handmade designs[5] on the beaches of Rimini and to boutiques in Bologna. One such model, the Opanca[2] was one of the most popular, a simple and daring sandal in which the sole curved gently around the foot, blending with the upper part of the shoe. Two years later, in 1968 the first shoes bearing the Sergio Rossi signature were produced,[2] marking the first official collection of the eponymous brand.[6] According to Vogue, during the 1960s, the company, “quickly became synonymous with Italian quality and classic feminine designs.”[7]

Company development[edit]

Sergio Rossi shoes became known for their use of geometrics and color.[8] The brand grew in popularity in the 1970s and beyond, through collaborations with noted fashion designers, including Dolce & Gabbana,[3] Versace, and Azzedine Alaïa.[9] Sergio Rossi shoes became a mainstay at the Milan fashion shows. In 1980, the brand began expanding, the first boutique to bear his name opened in Ancona, and then boutiques opening in Turin, Florence, Rome, Brussels, New York City, Los Angeles, and London.[3] The brand also opened a showroom in Milan in 1995.[10]

In 1999, PPR Luxury Division, formerly known as Gucci Group, bought a 70% stake in the company for approximately $96 million. 6 years later, in 2005, PPR bought the remaining 30%, retaining full control of the Sergio Rossi brand.[11] In 2015 the company was sold to Investindustrial, the private equity firm that also owns Aston Martin.[6] Francesco Russo was the Creative Director of Sergio Rossi between 2008 and 2013. That year, Angelo Ruggeri became the company’s design director, holding the position until 2016.[12] In 2016 Andrea Morante became company president and Riccardo Sciutto became Group CEO.[13]

Retail organization[edit]

As of 2016 the brand controlled a retail network of 83 retail outlets worldwide,[4] plus an e-commerce website. In April 2011, Sergio Rossi started to open several dedicated men’s stores in collaboration with Wallpaper*: Milan, designed by Antonino Cardillo,[14] Casablanca and Tokyo. Since fall 2011 several of the brand’s stores have been redesigned with a new store concept developed in collaboration with Ilse Crawford.[15]


Sergio Rossi shoes take a minimum of 110 different steps to create. The Wall Street Journal wrote of the process that, “building a shoe involves high-pressure nail guns, screws, heat-dried glues, sanding, painting, buffing, chiseling, and plenty of loud machinery. Leather and other materials are stretched around the lasts, then nailed, glued and molded in layers.”[16]

In 2009, in a move to demonstrate that luxury goods and fashion can be combined with sustainability, Sergio Rossi launched the Eco Pump, a biodegradable fashion shoe made using Liquid Wood (derived from lignin) in the heel and sole, and leather uppers tanned using eco sensitive tanners.[17] In 2015, Sergio Rossi partnered with Eco-Age to develop a Green Carpet Collection of environmentally sustainable wear designs.[18]

The iconic product from Sergio Rossi is the Godiva pump. The unique shape is now a signature item of every Sergio Rossi collection, reinvented each season in various materials and colors. The “cachet” silhouette was created by Francesco Russo, for the wedding of Salma Hayek to François-Henri Pinault,[19] CEO of Kering. Sergio Rossi also produces leather handbags,[20] and in 2012 it launched its bridal collection of shoes.[21]


Sergio Rossi’s early advertising campaigns were greatly inspired by the work of Helmut Newton, using low-angled shots to highlight the length of the legs and body, and focusing on the height and shape of the heel.[22] In 2012, the company introduced its line with a short-film called Skin to Skin, in collaboration with director Luca Guadagnino.[23]

Notable supporters[edit]

Sergio Rossi shoes have long been a staple on the red carpet, worn by celebrities like Eva Longoria, Sharon Stone, Diane Kruger, Ludivine Sagnier,[24] Anne Hathaway,[25] Karolina Kurkova,[26] Amanda Seyfried,[27] Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vanessa Hudgens, Halle Barry, and Eva Herzigova.[21]

Various shoes from Sergio Rossi have appeared in the following artworks:


  1. ^ Bloomberg Kering Sells Shoemaker Sergio Rossi to End Years of Struggle December 9, 2015
  2. ^ a b c (in French)Clais, Anne-Marie (2008), Assouline, ed., Sergio Rossi (in French), p. 73, ISBN 978-2759401277 
  3. ^ a b c "The world of Sergio Rossi - Brand - History". Archived from the original on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Kering cède la marque de chaussures de luxe Sergio Rossi". 9 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Top Ten Italian Shoemakers". 
  6. ^ a b "Sergio Rossi sold to Aston Martin owner". 
  7. ^ Milligan, Lauren. "Is Sergio Rossi For Sale?". 
  8. ^ "Designer Dossier: Gianvito Rossi". 26 July 2013. 
  9. ^ (in French) « Sergio Rossi est un créateur de chaussures italien, un vrai chausseur à l'ancienne. Archived October 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. » sur Modefix
  10. ^ "Sergio Rossi Luxury Shoes Collection For Fall Winter 2012 2013". 
  11. ^ Milligan, Lauren. "Sergio Rossi Sold By Kering". 
  12. ^ Zargani, Luisa (31 May 2016). "Design Director Angelo Ruggeri Exits Sergio Rossi". 
  13. ^ Zargani, Luisa (11 February 2016). "Hogan's Riccardo Sciutto Said Heading to Sergio Rossi". 
  14. ^ "Wallpaper* and Sergio Rossi collaboration | Architecture | Wallpaper* Magazine". Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  15. ^ "Home - How To Spend It". Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  16. ^ Binkley, Christina (12 April 2012). "Pushing High Heels to the Limit" – via Wall Street Journal. 
  17. ^ Hannah Shakir (2009). "STYLE FEATURE: treading carefully". Glass Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  18. ^ "Luxury Daily". 
  19. ^ Binkley, Christina (2011-12-20). "Annals of Oops: Sergio Rossi Got the Wrong Cachet". The Wall Street Journal. 
  20. ^ Saide, Claudia (17 November 2015). "The Sergio Rossi Sample Sale Has 3,000 Pairs of Shoes". 
  21. ^ a b "Sergio Rossi Goes Bridal (". 
  22. ^ "Sergio Rossi -". 
  23. ^ "Sergio Rossi Debuts Fall Shoes with Sexy Film". 27 February 2012. 
  24. ^ Clais, Anne-Marie (2008), Assouline, ed., Sergio Rossi (in French), p. 5, ISBN 978-2759401277 
  25. ^ "June 9, 2014 - Jessica Alba -". Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  26. ^ "Karolina Kurkova lace ses gambettes dans des sandales Sergio Rossi". Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  27. ^ [1]
  28. ^ Clais, Anne-Marie (2008), Assouline, ed., Sergio Rossi (in French), p. 20, ISBN 978-2759401277 
  29. ^ "Beyoncé is So Couture in ‘Run The World (Girls)’ | Ericka Dukes". Archived from the original on 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  30. ^ "Les escarpins Sergio Rossi de Blair Waldorf font le style chic -". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 

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