It's no secret that Polimoda's Ferragamo roots run deep. From the Master in Shoe Design operated in partnership with the luxury fashion brand to the recently announced Fashion Jewelry mentorship by Maria Sole Ferragamo, Polimoda and Salvatore Ferragamo have been enmeshed ever since Ferruccio Ferragamo became president of the fashion school in 2006.
Today, Polimoda is celebrating its president for a sublime Italian achievement — becoming a Cavaliere del Lavoro. The "knight of labor" title recognizes hardworking Italian entrepreneurs who have contributed to the development of Made in Italy, awarding them with the accolade established in 1901 by King Vittorio Emanuele III.
On June 2nd, Italy's Republic Day, Polimoda president Ferruccio Ferragamo will be honored by the president of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella. The eldest son of Salvatore Ferragamo, Ferruccio Ferragamo started his fashion career in 1963, managing production and company stores. In 1970, he became General Manager and was appointed Group CEO in 1984. In addition to being Chairman of the Salvatore Ferragamo Group since 2006, he manages Il Borro, a beautiful winery and agritourism estate in the Tuscan countryside.
This is not the first time Ferruccio Ferragamo has been recognized for his tough business grind. He received the MF Fashion Award in 1999, the Businessman of the Year award in 2004, the Art and Technology award in 2006 and the “Seal” of the University for Foreigners of Perugia for Excellence in Italian Culture in 2014.
Moreover, Salvatore Ferragamo made headlines last week by announcing the return of Michele Norsa as director and executive deputy chairman. As chief executive of Ferragamo for about 10 years before leaving the company in 2016, Norsa is already very familiar with the fashion house. Ferruccio Ferragamo will maintain his position as chairman of the Italian luxury group.
Polimoda looks forward to Ferragamo's reimagination of the fashion industry.