The Italian footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died at the age of 84 after being hospitalized with coronavirus.
Rossi had been admitted to hospital a few days ago in Cesena, a city in Emilia-Romagna, one of the regions hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the fashion website Women’s Wear Daily.
Announcing the news of the designer’s death on Friday morning, the brand’s chief executive, Riccardo Sciutto, told Women’s Wear Daily: “He was a master, it was a great pleasure to have met him. He was our spiritual guide and he is today more than ever.”
‘Today everyone at Sergio Rossi joins me in remembering our dear Sergio, the inspiring founder of our dream,’ Mr. Sciutto added on the brand’s Instagram page.
Rossi’s shoes were used by leading designers such as Azzedine Alaïa, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana in their collections, and worn by celebrities such as Rihanna, Laura Dern, and Paris Hilton.
Having learned this shoemaking skills from his father, Rossi began selling his designs in shops in Bologna in 1966, before launching his eponymous brand in 1968.