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Shoe designer Sergio Rossi dies age 84

Tom Shearsmith
03 April 2020

Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi has died at age 84.

Gianvito Rossi confirmed in a statement that his father, the renowned shoemaker, had contracted COVID-19 and had been taken to a hospital in Italy before passing away.

Riccardo Sciutto, CEO of Sergio Rossi Group, said in a statement: “Today everyone at Sergio Rossi joins me in remembering our dear Sergio, the inspiring founder of our dream. Sergio Rossi was a master, and it is my great honour to have met him and gotten to present him the archive earlier this year."

”His vision and approach will remain our guide in the growth of the brand and the business."

In 1999, Sergio Rossi was acquired by the Gucci Group, which later merged with parent company Kering, which sold the brand to the Italian firm Investindustrial in 2015 after struggling to make the business profitable.

Since the brands relaunch it has expanded beyond women’s footwear to include men’s footwear, bags and accessories.

Last month Rossi donated €100,000 to the Sacco hospital in Milan to help in the fight against Coronavirus.

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