Paul Andrew is parting ways with his many consulting partnerships in order to focus on his namesake men’s and women’s label and new post as the creative director of women’s shoes at Salvatore Ferragamo.
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A noted multitasker, Andrew has long been juggling his own brand — sold at stores including Bergdorf Goodman and United Arrows — while designing shoes in a consulting capacity for labels including Via Spiga, Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez and Carolina Herrera.
“I’ve actually stopped everything. I will solely be concentrating on Paul Andrew men’s and women’s and Ferragamo,” Andrew told WWD at his spring 2017 presentation, held at Ramscale Studios.
“The spring season will be the last for everyone, there were a lot of great brands that I have wonderful relationships with, from Via Spiga and also DVF, Carolina Herrera, Narciso Rodriguez. It’s a new time, they’ve all been so incredibly supportive,” he added.
Andrew is to be Ferragamo’s first creative director solely devoted to women’s shoes. The Italian label officially announced his appointment on Thursday, revealing that his first designs will hit stores for the pre-fall 2017 season.
Andrew said he has yet to get down to the nitty-gritty of how Ferragamo women’s shoes will take shape under his watch.
“It’s only been announced in the past few days. I’m still getting my grounding, but I’m going to be taking baby steps with it for sure. It’s such a wonderfully established business, that I certainly don’t think I’ll be doing a complete turnaround. There is such an incredible archive to work with there. I use a different city [as inspiration] for each of my own collections, but I almost don’t need to do that there. There are so many great references to work with. But I also feel like they are poised to go to the next level, it’s such a wonderfully respected brand,” he said.
Andrew said he is looking forward to working with the house’s long-rooted signature designs, including the bow-topped Vara and driving moccasin styles: “Those shoes still look great. It says a lot about a brand to have created a series of styles that are iconic and timeless, and I hope to just add to that repertoire and to modernize some of those silhouettes, as well as bring my own message with some new styles.”