A cork-layered sole and heel covered in multi-coloured suede—Salvatore Ferragamo’s iconic Rainbow Wedge—is now an inspiration for handbag designer Sara Battaglia. She is in the process of creating a leather capsule collection to epitomize the iconic colourful creation by the Florentine luxury brand’s founder.
The Rainbow Wedge shoe was created in 1938 by Ferragamo, known as “the shoemaker to the stars”, for Hollywood actress Judy Garland who played Dorothy in ‘Wizard of Oz’. He dressed the diminutive actress in this plus-sized shoe and got widely credited as the inventor of the platform.
Battaglia will now reinterpret the bulbous, multicoloured sandal as kaleidoscopic bags and small leather goods for the modern woman.
Ferragamo’s simple Florentine principle that the cultural elite appreciate slowly evolving design over the fickle nature of fashion will reflect in Battaglia’s leather luxury handbags—many of them featuring rainbow stripes that are swirly and skewed.
The collection includes four models of bags in various sizes—including a clutch, a handbag and a bucket bag—but also small leather accessories such as wallets, notebooks, key rings, clutch bags and belts. Battaglia concentrated on the mix of materials that have become Ferragamo hallmarks, like a day bag featuring silk scarf detailing, and a metallic and rainbow evening clutch finished with brass and lacquer.
The Sara Battaglia for Salvatore Ferragamo capsule was previewed in Milan earlier this year.
Handbags range from $2,225 to $5,020. The collection is available for purchase at Ferragamo boutiques and on the luxury brand’s website.