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New Podcast ‘Shoemaker of Dreams’ Chronicles the Legendary Life of Salvatore Ferragamo

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A new podcast series is pulling back the curtain on the life of Salvatore Ferragamo. Before founding his eponymous Italian label, Ferragamo was an apprentice shoemaker and designer to the stars. His journey from Italy to Hollywood and back again is chronicled in a new 22-chapter podcast, Shoemaker of Dreams.

Based on Ferragamo’s own 1957 memoir of the same name, stars including Stanley Tucci, Caitriona Balfe, Isabella Rossellini, Jessica Alba, Michelle Monaghan, and others voice different periods of his life. In the years before his 1960 death, Ferragamo reflected on his experiences in fashion and beyond. His recollections were then transcribed into the autobiography.

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This is one of several recent projects to explore the origins of Ferragamo’s story and his lasting legacy. The podcast arrives shortly before the premiere The Shoemaker of Dreams documentary on September 6. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), the doc features appearances by director Martin Scorsese and Ferragamo’s late wife Wanda Miletti. In conjunction with these releases, Electa is republishing the designer’s autobiography with a new book cover. Earlier this year, the brand released a social media trivia game about significant moments in Ferragamo’s history.

The podcast series is available now on Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple iTunes.


Below, see the series’ full index:

Sinéad Burke, Chap. I: Little White Shoes

Stanley Tucci, Chap. II: Expert with Shoes and Babies

Penny Martin, Chap. III: Hanger in Naples

Michelle Monaghan, Chap. IV: A Shop of my own

Simone Marchetti, Chap. V: No Machines for Salvatore

Tamu McPherson, Chap. VI: Film Stars and Styles

Dylan Jones, Chap. VII: The Search for a Secret

Valeria Golino, Chap. VIII: The Shoe that fits

Jo Ellison, Chap. IX: Ashes of Happiness

Caroline Rush, Chap X: Days in Hollywood

Colleen Atwood, Chap. XI: The Impossible Scheme

Olivia Sui+Sam, Chap. XII: Into the Depths

Hero Fiennes, Chap. XIII: The Unrelenting Climb

Caroline Issa, Chap.XIV: Steel, Cork and Transparent Paper

Caitriona Balfe, Chap. XV: Palace and Villa

Carlo Sestini, Chap. XVI: The Healing Shoes

Marina De Tavira, Chap XVII: How to buy Shoes and walk well

Pierfrancesco Favino, Chap. XVIII: War, Marriage and Persecution

Isabella Rossellini, Chap. XIX: Feet and the Famous

Sandy Powell, Chap. XX: Beauty: Today and Yesterday

Suzy Menkes, Chap. XXI: Silks, Jewels and curious Beasts

Jessica Alba, Chap. XXII: The Challenge of the Future

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