The Chronicles of Florence, Part VI – Shoes and Merry-Go-Rounds

There was a Salvatore Ferragamo section of the city, complete with a shoe museum.

Sorry, no pics from there…not my kinda thing. But uh…here:

After spending thirteen years in the United States, Ferragamo returned to Italy in 1927, this time settling in Florence. He began to fashion shoes for the wealthiest and most powerful women of the century, from the Maharani of Cooch Behar to Eva Peron to Marilyn Monroe. He opened a workshop in the Via Mannelli, concentrating his efforts in experimenting with design, applying for patents for ornamental and utility models and some related inventions. Although he filed for bankruptcy in 1933 due to bad management and economic pressures, Ferragamo nonetheless expanded his operation during the 1950 to a workforce of around 700 expert artisans that produced 350 pairs of handmade shoes a day.

I liked this guy:

Though I don’t like the picture much.

And I really wanted to ride this.

But I was on a tour.

Told you tours suck all the fun out of everything!

But no matter, we went on two, right under the Eiffel Tower. What now, Florence? :D

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