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WEEKEND

HEAD OVER HEELS

Paul Andrew, the high-stepping new creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, talks inspiration, meditation and balance with Alina Cho.

Designer Paul Andrew trained under Alexander McQueen.

ness and his fast-moving career. ALINA CHO: What’s the best way to describe what you’ve decided to do with Paul Andrew shoes? PAUL ANDREW: I’m pausing the brand, so that I can fully focus my time and attention on my new role as creative director of all categories at Ferragamo. When I started at Ferragamo twoand-a-half years ago as the women’s shoe designer, the company saw that I had a very clear vision for how to bring the brand forward and engage a new generation of consumers. About a year ago, they asked me to become creative director of Women’s. The business has seen some pretty 98

great success. Then they asked me whether I would be interested in bringing Men’s in line with that, also. AC: It’s a huge responsibility. PA: It’s also a total dream come true. I had no idea that I even wanted that a few years ago. But to be the head of a multibillion-Euro luxury heritage brand is an opportunity that I really couldn’t refuse. AC: I remember handing you the Newcomer Award at the Footwear News Awards in 2013. You’ve come a long way, baby. PA: My first job out of school was with Alexander McQueen in London, in

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Though Paul Andrew and I haven’t known each other since childhood, it feels that way—we go back to the very early days of his highly successful shoe design career. Today, Andrew is keeper of one of fashion’s most coveted jobs: the recently appointed creative director of Ferragamo oversees all categories for the brand, including menswear, womenswear and accessories. In March, the 40-year-old designer put his highly successful namesake shoe line on hold to focus exclusively on Ferragamo, a decision he arrived at with the help of his growing meditation practice. We sat down recently during New York Fashion Week to talk about well-

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