Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi dies with coronavirus, aged 84

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Luxury women’s shoe designer, Sergio Rossi, has died at the age of 84 after being hospitalized for coronavirus complications.

The designer, who was best known for his strappy Opanca sandals and high-heeled Godiva pumps, was a favourite of celebrities including Ariana Grande and Rihanna.

He passed away at a hospital in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, central Italy on the 3rd of April, just one month after making a €100,000 donation to the Sacco Hospital in Milan to help the fight against COVID-19.

The CEO of Sergio Rossi Group Riccardo Sciutto, paid tribute to the designer in a statement, saying: “Today everyone at Sergio Rossi joins me in remembering our dear Sergio, the inspiring founder of our dream. Sergio Rossi was a master, and it is my great honor to have met him and gotten to present him the archive earlier this year. His vision and approach will remain our guide in the growth of the brand and the business. He loved women and was able to capture a woman’s femininity in a unique way, creating the perfect extension of a woman’s leg through his shoes. Our long and glorious history started from his incredible vision and we’ll remember his creativity forever.”

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