My first taste of designer shoes came when I was 24. My cousin’s girlfriend at the time was an assistant manager at Sergio Rossi. One lovely Friday afternoon, I played hooky from work and drove out to Cabazon Premium Outlets where there was a Sergio Rossi outlet store. Then some 40% off retail price plus 50% employee discount later… I was on my way home with 5 pairs of designer shoes all for a whopping $770. Mind you, retail prices of those shoes were $525-775 each.
Fast forward 10+ years later and I’ve come full circle, Gianvito Rossi (son of the Sergio Rossi) is currently my favorite shoe designer of the moment. For those that aren’t familiar with him, his shoes are designed for the classy, sexy gal that is modern and loves understated elegance and doesn’t feel the the need flash her labels. She simply has good style and keen eye for beautiful shoes. So when I got an email to meet him person and be one of the first to view is Fall collection, I jumped at the chance! What topped off the experience was being able interview him. Shoes + Gianvito + champagne.. is a recipe for disaster.. for my credit card. Luckily (or unluckily, however you look at it), they didn’t have my size in the particular style I wanted but I walked away with a signed shoe!
Check out the interview below!
What was the inspiration for this collection?
You have two stories. One is about the sexiness of the stiletto and all these lace up things like the sandal, the lace up bootie with all these straight up laces. And on the other side, we have all these still 70s chunky story with the boots the booties the lace up and I think it’s very nice to combine these two stories. One is sexier sort of seductive and the other more loose they say more relaxed.
Are planning to open any more boutiques in the U.S.?
I just opened a store in New York… And next year, we’ll probably see more in the states… California is very nice place
Do you have a particular shoe that’s your favorite, the one you designed that you get the most satisfaction out of?
In general, that one the Vamp style (pointing to the shoe) is one of my favorite. The open toe bootie is one of my favorite and the high pump with the high back the tuxedo one which is very elegant. I like the very much… i think it’s super chic.
What inspired you to become a shoe designer?
I grew up in the shoe family so it became a part of me and I’m happy and lucky to have this chance.
Check out the event’s photos! All of SF’s finest really brought out their shoe game.
Of course, I couldn’t end with out a selfie