Designer collaborations and limited edition "capsule" collections are not uncommon. Fashion houses and designers/Celebrities often use the opportunity to create excitement and give editors and customers more reasons to pay attention. The more eyes on a brand, the more relevant it becomes. At least, that's the hope for the cross-pollination of a brand and designer. For a large brand everyone knows - the opportunity can bring new, fresh eyes on them. Younger, more excited shoppers can discover a classic that was hiding right in plain sight. Nothing can make a collection your mother wears look cool like collaborating with a hot, trendy designer. Some capsules sink like a rock skipping across the water, and others explode like fireworks. In the tumultuous retail environment we have today, there is more and more pressure and expectation on this projects than ever before.
For the hot young designer, collaborating with a large fashion house can bring a much broader audience to the brand. Suddenly a fringe designer can be exposed to millions. It also gives a designer access to established workrooms and factories. Often it's a chance to really express complicated, or technically advanced designs for the first time. For obvious reasons, it's very different for a new designer to get an order for a few dozen pieces from a prestigious department store compared to a luxury house producing thousands and thousands of items to fill their boutiques in every city across a country - or across the world.
Enter Salvatore Ferragamo. This Italian house of all things luxury that has been crafting designer goods for almost 100 years has also been producing dynamite capsule collections back to back for years. After spending decades representing the classic designer items, the storied house that Salvatore built shifted its focus a few years ago back to the avant-garde roots that made it famous. These limited edition collaborations have peppered the offerings that fill the more than 650 boutiques that span the globe with incredible and dynamic products. Few luxury brands are located in more countries, with more sku's, in more categories. Even more staggering when you consider the collection does not exploit an obvious logo to promote itself, and does not have a less expensive "diffusion" collection.
Let's take a look at a few of the most recent and relevant collaborations:
Sara Battaglia - This handbag designer travels in fashionable circles as her sister Giovanna is an in-demand fashion editor at several publications including W and Vogue. Sara's bags are fun and colorful, and her creations for Ferragamo celebrate the legacy of Salvatore's original rainbow wedge. This collaboration is a great example of how working with a large house can bring legitimacy and a much greater audience to a talented young designer.
Edgardo Osorio - This in demand shoe designer already has an "in the know" following for his playful, sexy pumps and flats. His collection Aquazurra has caught the eye of the most discriminating designer shoe clients around the world. Osorio's collaboration with Ferragamo is a great example how a younger, smaller designer can bring the heat to a huge fashion house. His capsule collection for the house was a best seller at Bergdorf Goodman and put the brand in the hands of some shoppers that might have passed on the more classic and iconic Vara that the house is known for in shoe salons like Bergdorf's. For the limited edition shoes for Ferragamo, Edgardo also looked to the iconic Raindbow Wedge and let his mind run wild!
Daniela Villegas - This talented jewelry designer has built a loyal following of clients through her use of nature as an inspiration. Sometimes looking to the insect world to guide her hand in shaping and sculpting her little gems of fine jewelry. Based in Los Angeles, Villegas work has a citizen of the world feel. Clearly it's an expression of Villegas own globe-trotting, glamorous life. For her capsule collection with Ferragamo, Daniela looked to the silk scarves in Ferragamo's archives - more specifically the beautiful parrots often shown in their glorious range of colors. Another perfect blending of two designers work. This collaboration is a great example of a very talented artist that appeals to a very niche audience creating something that represents her work and the work of the designer house in perfect harmony.
Click any of the designer names to learn more about their work, or the images to learn more about the collaborations. It's thrilling when a company this large, still maintains its focus on the creativity and artistry to plan collections, as opposed to spread sheets and marketing reports. Many luxury houses could take a lesson from Salvatore Ferragamo! Stay tuned for more cool collaborations - never sleazy or Yeezy!