Paul Andrew


FEET FIRST: Industry talk is swirling that Paul Andrew could be named as Salvatore Ferragamo’s first-ever creative director for shoes.

If hired, this role would add to Andrew’s already-steep roster of daily tasks. He, of course, designs a namesake men’s and women’s brand sold at luxury retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, while also consulting on shoe designs for firms including Via Spiga and Theory.

Andrew honed his talent at Donna Karan, where he worked for nearly a decade — rising to the role of vice president, design, shoes and accessories. Prior to working with Karan, Andrew held design roles at both Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez.

His namesake brand, launched in 2012, is predicated on simple, streamlined feminine silhouettes that are engineered for versatility and comfort. The line expanded into the men’s category for fall. In August, this men’s assortment was honored with the Brand Launch award at the Accessories Council’s annual ACE Awards. Andrew won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2014, as well as the Swarovski Award for emerging accessories design talent at the 2016 CFDA Awards.

Neither Ferragamo nor Andrew replied to requests for comment. When reached by phone, a spokesperson for Andrew said that she had “no comment.”

If appointed at Ferragamo, Andrew would step into a brand in flux. Earlier this month, chief executive offer Michele Norsa left the label, replaced by Furla ceo Eraldo Poletto.

Ferragamo creative director Massimiliano Giornetti also departed the label in March, after 16 years with the brand. Ferragamo has yet to name a successor, and said it is focusing on strengthening its in-house design team.

Despite these changes, Ferragamo’s profits continue to tick ahead. In the six months ended June 30, growth in the Americas and Japan helped offset softness in Asia and Europe. Ferragamo posted a 2.3 percent gain in net profit to 90 million euros, or $100.8 million, compared with 88 million euros, or $103 million, in the same period last year.

In recent months, Ferragamo has released capsule collections designed by up-and-coming accessories talents, including shoes by Aquazzura’s Edgardo Osorio, handbags by Sara Battaglia and jewelry by Daniela Villegas.

When asked at the time if any of these designers were in the running to fill Giornetti’s shoes, a Ferragamo spokesperson said that the collections were merely limited-edition engagements with young designers.

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