Products and Materials

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RESPONSIBLE MATERIALS

Passion for materials accompanied Salvatore Ferragamo’s work right from his early days in the 1920s. For the Founder, any material, even the most modest and apparently unsuitable for a luxury business, could be brilliantly and creatively adapted when the ideas, which are linked to the materials, are driven by limitless technical and innovative ability. This vision has been recently consolidated by the Company, which started to manufacture products using organic cotton and silk and recycled and regenerated materials such as nylon, wool, cashmere, and silk, aiming at fostering circular economy and introducing responsible, innovative, and high-quality materials. The innovation has also encompassed the introduction of chrome and metal free leather and the use of soles made of leather tanned with plant based materials and through a certified lower environmental impact production process.

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EARTH TOP HANDLE BAG

Earth Top Handle bag is re-interpretation of the iconic Top Handle bag, presented in just 500 pieces as part of the prestigious Ferragamo’s Creations collection to celebrate Earth Day 2021.
The bag is made of FSC certified cork, a natural and renewable resource that causes no harm to the trees when harvested. In addition, its lining is crafted from pure linen, a natural and biodegradable material; zipper tape and thread are made of 100% recycled and certified polyester; and the bag’s colour is finished with water-based treatments.
The Earth Top Handle bag has obtained the ISO 14067 - Product Carbon Footprint certification, by virtue of which it is possible to quantify the emissions due to its manufacturing. This calculation enables the Company to offset the generated environmental impact by supporting a project for the safeguard and protection of Tuscan cork forests certified with PEFC standards in the Paganico estate, near Grosseto.

F-80 SKELETON

In 2021, Salvatore Ferragamo presented a responsible re-edition of the F-80 Skeleton timepiece. The strap is made of materials with a low environmental impact; a thin layer of FSC certified cork covers the inside, while the outside is of post-consumer recycled PET fibre fabric, with hole covers made of vegetable tanned leather. Responsible material choices have also been made in packaging; the outer box is in FSC certified cardboard, while the wood and metal protective shell available in two shades that match those of the watch is lined internally with hemp, and externally in post-consumer recycled PET fibre fabric. The watch support cushion is made of a bioplastic material obtained 100% from sugar cane.
Salvatore Ferragamo has decided to quantify the carbon footprint and therefore the environmental impact of the F-80 Skeleton with Sustainable Strap, according to the requirements of the ISO 14067 standard - Product Carbon Footprint. This calculation enables the Company to offset the generated environmental impact by supporting the construction of the Burgos Wind Project, the largest wind farm in the Philippines. In addition to reducing the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by generating large scale electricity from a clean and renewable source, the project will create jobs and concrete economic opportunities for local communities.

VIVA BALLET FLAT

Salvatore Ferragamo has decided to quantify the carbon footprint and therefore the environmental impact of the iconic Viva model, from the design phase to the realization, up to delivery to the stores, according to the requirements of the ISO 14067 standard - Product Carbon Footprint. This calculation enables the Company to offset the generated environmental impact by supporting the construction of a wind farm in India.

RESPONSIBLE VIVA

In 2021, the iconic Viva ballet flat has been reinterpreted through a sophisticated and feminine design combining Brand’s iconicity with low environmental impact materials. The new version of the ballet flat includes recycled cotton and polyester yarns, bio-based plastic and natural rubber.

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42 DEGREES CAPSULE COLLECTION

In 2019, Salvatore Ferragamo presented the 42 Degrees capsule collection, a tribute to the rainbow as a natural phenomenon that occurs when the sun's rays hit the water drops with an inclination of 42 degrees, and to the Rainbow, the iconic sandal created in 1938. Designed by two young Ferragamo designers, it is the result of an inhouse competition linked to the Sustainable Thinking project, which saw the participation of the young designers from Salvatore Ferragamo. The capsule, consisting of two sneakers for men and women, a backpack and a shopping bag, is made with sustainable, Italian materials such as leather with with wet-white chrome and metal-free tanning, natural rubber, cork developed in Sardinia, footbed insole made of organic fibers, and recycled yarn. Moreover, the collection has been manufactured by companies operating in Italy and present on the market for years, combining tradition and innovation and ensuring a transparent and traceable supply chain.

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RAINBOW FUTURE SANDAL

Rainbow Future is the shoe for Salvatore Ferragamo, inspired by the principles of sustainability. The model transpires from the legendary Rainbow sandal – one of the symbols of Salvatore Ferragamo, made in suede in 1938 for actress Judy Garland – and celebrates the bond between the tradition of Made in Italy and the brand's commitment to sustainable development. Presented in a limited edition of 100 pairs in the prestigious Ferragamo's Creations collection, Rainbow Future is a hand-finished wedge in veritable wood, crafted in organic crocheted cotton (certified in accordance with the strict environmental and social GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard criteria), with lining in leather finished with no carbon dioxide emission or water consumption (Layertech technology). Rainbow Future has obtained the ISO 14067 Certification, whereby it is now possible to calculate the emissions due to its making and compensate them through reforestation programs, making it a carbon neutral shoe. To this end, Salvatore Ferragamo will be supported by Treedom, who will plant 100 orange trees in the countryside on the outskirts of Catania (Sicily), within the sustainable production of high quality products through environment-friendly processes. A code written on the accompanying certificate will inseparably link each tree to a pair of Rainbow Future – a precious symbolic gift from Salvatore Ferragamo to the clients who buy the shoe.

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ORANGE FIBER CAPSULE COLLECTION

In keeping with the Founder's innovative spirit, in 2017 Salvatore Ferragamo presented a sustainable capsule collection of women’s wear thanks to the collaboration with Orange Fiber, the innovative start-up, founded by two young Sicilians, which develops vitaminic textiles from citrus fruit scraps. By reusing the sub-product which the Italian citrus fruit transformation industry produces each year, Orange Fiber has created a sustainable and cosmetic fiber which meets the need for creativity, innovation and eco-sustainability of Salvatore Ferragamo.

UPCYCLE

The Group Salvatore Ferragamo is committed to define new ways of consuming raw materials, reducing its environmental impact, and extending the life cycle of its products. Considering circular economy, Salvatore Ferragamo has therefore initiated partnerships with a variety of local entities, with the aim of fostering the upcycle of materials destined for disposal.

On the occasion of the Sustainable Thinking exhibition at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, a partnership has been established with the weaving laboratory of Comunità di San Patrignano: the young women in the textile department created, for the Florence store windows, 11 large tapestries of various textures, one for each window, using Salvatore Ferragamo’s waste materials which would have otherwise be disposed of as warp and weft. The young women produced 11 combinations that bear witness to their handicraft skills, technical research, dedication to and appreciation of the concept of beauty.

Since 2019, Salvatore Ferragamo has supported Flo Concept, a social cooperative in Florence that promotes a new fashion business model to boost the confidence and enhance the independence and skills of those who are struggling economically, socially or psychologically, through many initiatives. As part of this partnership, the Company donated to Flo Concept over 1,000 meters of slow-moving materials, which were destined for disposal, for the realization of gadgets and other products.

In collaboration with the Fondazione Ferragamo, in 2020 Salvatore Ferragamo donated over 2,800 meters of materials destined for disposal to the Istituto degli Innocenti, emblem of aid for childcare and headquarter of the UNICEF - Innocenti Research Centre. The donated material has been used by the Institute's tailor shop: mothers and volunteers have therefore created a collection of shopping bags that will be sold at the book shop of the Museo degli Innocenti. The earnings will be then allocated to "Rondini", a project established to ensure a balance among family-like hospitality, educational functions, and support for social inclusion journeys designed for single-parent families with dependent children.

During 2019, the Fondazione Ferragamo collaborated with the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and with the Company on the realization of the project “Young Talents for Sustainable Thinking”: a contest aimed at eight national and international fashion schools on the theme of sustainability and recycling. The schools called on to take part in the project were: Aalto University in Helsinki, Accademia Costume & Moda in Rome, Coconogacco in Tokyo, IED in Milan, the London College of Fashion, Parsons School of Fashion in New York, Polimoda in Florence, and Donghua University in Shanghai. Students were invited to realize projects on the theme of sustainability and recycling using materials, which would otherwise be destroyed, that Salvatore Ferragamo donated to the individual schools. Each participant created a product by choosing between a women’s shoe, bag or garment, following the criteria of the brief provided by Paul Andrew, the Creative Director of Salvatore Ferragamo, that required the use of the patchwork technique. The models proposed were evaluated, and the winning student was offered the chance to undertake an internship in the creative divisions of the Company. The final projects were displayed in a temporary exhibition which took place at Pitti Filati, a prestigious event organized in Florence in June 2019.

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ANIMAL WELFARE

The Group believes that the approach taken on the issue of animal welfare along the supply chain is essential, in the awareness that products can only be enhanced through respect for the environment and biodiversity. To formalize its commitment, in 2019, the Group decided to draw up an Animal Welfare Policy in order to guarantee that the whole supply chain acts appropriately. The Policy establishes the minimum requirements, certifications, standards, forms of collaboration, strategies and procurement sources to be favored in order to guarantee such welfare.

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2020
ANNUAL REPORT