Products and 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, responsibly sourced viscose 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 according to the highest environmental standards, to lower its overall impact on the planet.

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The use of innovative and responsible materials continued in 2022 with the launch of the Multicolor Eyewear Capsule, a collection of genderless colour-block sunglasses designed with low environmental impact materials. The frames of the new sunglasses are made using a plant-based compound material, whereas the lenses have plant-based content made from salvaged wood and waste from farming activity. The materials in the eyewear cases have been mindfully chosen too: the Multicolor styles come in a case crafted with 50% recycled pre-consumer plastics.


Breathing new life into materials that might otherwise go unused, Salvatore Ferragamo introduces Salvatore Ferragamo Icon-Up: a capsule collection that further cements the commitment to sustainability through the lens of circular economy.
Comprising iconic women’s shoes and belts, this first 300-pieces limited collection integrates innovative circularity principles and material reuse into the brand’s iconic designs. Each exclusive shoe design is unique and derives from products and materials in Ferragamo’s inventory, including regenerated accessories and printed silk, reimagined by their Creative team and in-house Manovia artisans, to revive Ferragamo’s iconic Vara and Varina shoes. A similar creative process was put in place for the belts: each one has been re-claimed from the inventory and detailed using salvaged silk from pre-existing Ferragamo products. Ferragamo’s designs have also been used for the upcycled and printed reusable dust bag, made with refashioned materials from Ferragamo’s inventory and designed as part of the packaging. Furthermore, the packaging includes boxes made with Favini Remake paper, an innovative paper blended with 30% post-consumer waste pulp and 25% pre-consumer leather waste.
This one-of-a-kind collection is available exclusively on FARFETCH as part of their Positively Conscious selection.

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Ferragamo’s environmental responsibility has also embraced the brand’s eyewear universe with the Responsible Eyewear Collection: a collection of sunglasses and optical glasses launched in 2021 and made with recycled and renewable materials.
The sunglasses feature frames made from Eastman Acetate Renew™, a blend of bio-plastics derived from responsibly sourced wood pulp and recycled content recovered from industrial processes, and BioRay lenses, made from a castor oil-derived bio-based plastic. Moving on to the optical glasses, the frames are also made from Eastman Acetate Renew™, while the lenses are made from a biodegradable acrylic polymer called BD8 Biolens, a material that biodegrades within five years of being in landfill.
Responsible material choices have also been made in packaging: the eyewear case is made of an innovative combination of Lino 39 – a blend of natural, renewable and biodegradable linen and cotton – for the outer, and certified recycled post-consumer polyester (rPET) for the lining.



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.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



The Salvatore Ferragamo Group is committed to define new ways of consuming raw materials, reducing its environmental impact and extending the life cycle of its products. With a view to circular economy and social issues, Salvatore Ferragamo periodically donates materials, otherwise destined to dispospal, to local entities active in the field of solidarity. Furthermore, slow moving inventory raw materials are also donated to national and international fashion schools in order to support the creativity and projects of young talents.



Building on its commitment towards the nature and the planet, in 2021 Salvatore Ferragamo joined Leather Working Group, member-led non-for-profit organization dedicated to driving excellence in the leather industry and minimizing the environmental impact of leather production through a suite of tools and ESG certification. Thanks to its participation in the organization, the Company has access to environmental audit protocols, developed by the leading international players in the leather industry, and it is audited with the aim of promoting responsible environmental practices across the leather supply chain.



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.