Italian luxury goods group Salvatore Ferragamo has appointed Paul Andrew as its design director for women's footwear, a core business for the shoe brand. The Florentine group, which replaced long-time chief executive Michele Norsa with former Furla CEO Eraldo Poletto in August, said Andrew's first collection will be unveiled for Pre-Fall 2017.
Andrew, who worked for Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan before launching his eponymous label in September 2012, will also continue to design for his namesake brand. His own collection has been the subject of an array of industry awards, including his win of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund and the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, and is stocked by Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, as well as over 100 doors internationally including Colette, Bergdorf Goodman, and Lane Crawford.
Sales of footwear, which account for 44 percent of Ferragamo's revenue, grew 1 percent in January-June from a year earlier, against a 1.7 percent decline in overall sales.