Giuseppe Zanotti designs shoes as only Italian men can — shoes that make you feel like Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida wrapped in one; shoes that, when you wear them, you know you're a woman. "Women are mysterious creatures.... I enter the universe of the woman and as a result, they fall in love with my creations," Zanotti says.1
Zanotti, a DJ turned designer, began his career in shoes in the Eighties as a freelancer for shoe and clothing companies, finally launching Giuseppe Zanotti Design in 1994 with his wife Cinzia. His company, Vicini S.p.A., is located in his Italian hometown of San Mauro Pascoli, renowned for its shoemaking traditions. Today, Vicini produces shoes for lines such as Roberto Cavalli, Blumarine, and Ferré among others. Even with over 30 flagship stores from Milan to New York to Malaysia, Zanotti is firmly entrenched in Italy and wants to "remain in Italy and teach how to make our magic product."2
Magic Indeed! Every season, Giuseppe Zanotti designs 1,000 sample shoes and oversees every aspect of production from beginning to end. Between Zanotti's own line and the lines produced for other brands, his 400+ employees produce over 400,000 pairs of shoes every year. Zanotti shoes are well-beloved of celebrity clients such as Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, and Alicia Keys to name just a few. Zanotti was named FFANY Designer of the Year in October 2007.
Here are some of Zanotti's shoes currently on the market — be warned that serious arrhythmia may occur:
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Photo source: FN.com
- "Stars fall at his feet." Cheong Phin.
New Strait Times. Malaysia: 2 Jan 2008.
- "Giuseppe Zanotti: Hometown boy makes
good by staying put." Stephanie Epiro.
Footwear News. June 2003.