Sustainable Thinking: Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

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One of the most celebrated and influential designers of the past century, Salvatore Ferragomo not only crafted exquisite, revolutionary shoes, he also pioneered the use of natural, recycled, innovative materials at a time when sustainability had yet to become a global concern. 

Beginning to perform research into the use of materials such as hemp and fish skin in the 1920s, Salvatore also explored the ways in which luxurious products could be reborn following their original lifecycle, incorporating pressed discarded silk into his shoes as soles, and embracing the use of truly natural sustainable materials, such as straw, raffia and wool, in many of his creations. 

Honoring Salvatore’s legacy, the Ferragomo brand has continued to experiment with environmentally-friendly materials and techniques in the present day, and are now both paying homage to their founder’s pioneering spirit and sharing an artistic and cultural perspective on the vital issue of sustainability through Sustainable Thinking – an exhibition held at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence until March 8th 2020.

Creative possibilities

Curated by Stefania Ricci, Director of the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and of the Ferragamo Foundation, the exhibition provides artists, fashion designers, textile and yarn manufacturers with an opportunity to take an inspirational look at the creative possibilities held by new materials, technologies and approaches to natural resources. 

Natural resources

Invited to participate in Sustainable Thinking as a result of our innovative research into the capabilities of nettle as a textile fiber, we are delighted to have provided fabric from the Nettle collection for inclusion in the exhibition. Committed to continuing our exploration of the ways in which we can redefine and rediscover the use of the natural fibers within our fabrics, Sustainable Thinking encapsulates our approach to harvesting a more natural textile future, and – as cited by Museo Salvatore Ferragamo – to achieving “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (The Brundtland Report, 1987). 
You can visit the Sustainable Thinking exhibition at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo until Sunday 8th March 2020. Book tickets and learn more here.