He was 84 years old and his death would have been due to complications related to the Coronavirus. Symbol of the shoes made in Italy, their last name will continue to force the hand of his son and heir in the office, Gianvito Rossi, and on the feet of celebrities they loved him.
The fashion industry has lost one of its most relevant names: Sergio Rossi, the iconic designer shoes Italian.
It was several days that I was hospitalized for various health problems in Cesena, in the Emilia-Romagna, but the Coronavirus would have been the possible cause of death. Your child Gianvito Rossi, today the front of the family business, and communicated the news.
His company had been one of the Italian companies to react jointly to the crisis of the COVID-19 in Italyto, through a donation of € 100,000 to the hospital ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco of Milan and deriving the total revenue obtained from its web page SergioRossi.com during a week in march to the fight against the pandemic.
The story of a legend
Sergio Rossi -recognized as the “king of shoes ” made in Italy”- was born in 1935, in San Mauro Pascoli, and there grew up, accompanying his father in the trade of shoemaker, which he inherited naturally and for its own account from the 1950s.
In the late 60’s had its brand Sergio Rossi, and was not long in converting his store in an icon of the luxury shoe. In the 80’s made collaborations together with Gianni Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Azzedine Alaïa.
For him, the shoe was an integral part (not an accessory) of the female silhouette, and I had no other way to conceive of this that handmade, from a design created with rigorous detail and daring and inspired by the fantasy and exuberance.
Its distinguishing particular was the shoe with high heels which was consecrated in the 90’s and that would then be embraced as a common cause by other designers of shoes of luxury, such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Manolo Blahnik and Salvatore Ferragamo.
“Sergio was one of the main forces of industry and the Italian design. Produced wonderful things. It is a huge loss to the industry of the shoe,” said Manolo Blahnik.
The star “at your feet”
Many celebrities and leaders of fashion throughout the last decades were faithful fans “at the feet” of this cobbler who already is a legend, as Suzy Menkes, Olivia Palermo, Paris Hilton, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Chopra and Scarlett Johanssonto , among other.
“It was a teacher who loved women and was able to capture the femininity of a woman in a unique waycreating the perfect extension of the leg of a woman through his shoes,” he wrote Ricardo Sciutto, current group CEO Sergio Rossi on the website of the house and under the title “Grazie Sergio”.
“It was the inspirational founder of our dream”, finished his text tribute.