After much speculation, Paul Andrew is stepping down as creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, effective in May.
Andrew joined the Florence-based luxury fashion brand as women’s footwear designer in 2016 and was promoted to creative director for all categories in 2019. Prior to his roles with Ferragamo, the English designer was vice president of design for shoes and accessories at Donna Karan for nine years. He also operated an eponymous line of women’s footwear, which he launched in 2012 but later suspended when he joined Ferragamo. Andrew received the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2014.
“After five years, with pride and a heavy heart, I have decided it’s time for a new challenge,’’ Andrew wrote in a post on Instagram. “It’s been a true honor to give new life to Salvatore’s legacy, his genius design and ground-breaking innovation. I will always be grateful for this opportunity, and proud of the work I have accomplished.”
Ferragamo said upcoming collections will be entrusted to the current in-house design team. CEO Micaela le Divelec Lemmi thanked Andrew for his “passion” and for “enhancing the position and creative vision of the house.”