Salvatore Ferragamo announced Thursday that the Italian luxury fashion house has hired Paul Andrew as its first-ever design director of women's footwear. WWD originally reported the unconfirmed news at the end of August. The house's most recent creative director, Massimiliano Giornetti, departed in March.
Andrew founded his namesake footwear brand in 2013 after 10 years in the business working for other designers. His independent line quickly garnered attention with a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award the following year — a first for a footwear designer in the industry. Then, in June, Andrew won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design.
"It is a great honor to be invited to lead the creative vision for the future of [Salvatore Ferragamo's] women's shoe division, where the legend began," said Andrew in an official statement. "I look forward to bringing a new perspective to the company in line with the demands of today's marketplace, marrying the power of its heritage and industrial force with high design and the latest innovations in material and make."
Andrew's new role is effective immediately and his first collection for Salvatore Ferragamo will debut for pre-fall 2017. He will continue designing his own brand as well, which he has developed alongside freelance consulting projects since the launch. At a panel in May, Andrew said he was working on shoes for Vera Wang, DVF and runway collection shoes for 14 ready-to-wear designers this upcoming season. On Saturday, Andrew will present the spring 2017 collection of his eponymous line during New York Fashion Week.