Remembering Sergio Rossi

A footwear Maestro, his passion lives on.

V is sad to report that the Italian shoe designer, Sergio Rossi has passed away at the age of 84. After being admitted to a hospital with COVID-19 symptoms one of the most hard-hit areas for the virus the footwear designer had his final breaths in Cesena, Italy.

The death was announced this morning by the brand’s chief executive, Riccardo Sciutto. In a statement to Women’s Wear Daily Sciutto remembers the late-Rossi. “He was a master, it was a great pleasure to have met him. He was our spiritual guide and he is today more than ever.” 

Rossi’s career began in the Fifties, after his first namesake collection launched in 1968. Over the years he directed his talents towards designing for shoe brands such as Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Azzedine Alaïa. His creations have been worn by a variety of adorned celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, and Laura Dern.

Throughout his career, the late-designer has made a significant contribution to the footwear industry. The artisan is behind many of the coveted styles we know today, such as the Opanca sandal famous for its curved sole. 

Synonymous with elegance and expert-craftsmanship, Rossi was a master. In the words of his brother Gianni, “He was an artisan and a genius, his shoes were feminine and made in the highest quality but wearable at the same time.” We are sending our love and prayers to the Rossi family, as well as others battling these unfortunate circumstances.

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