Giuseppe Zanotti

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Giuseppe Zanotti
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Born San Mauro Pascoli, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Shoe designer
Years active 1962-present
Website giuseppezanottidesign.com

Giuseppe Zanotti is an Italian shoe designer.[1] In 2000, Zanotti opened his first boutique in Milan, followed by boutiques elsewhere.[2]

Early life[edit]

Zanotti was born in San Mauro Pascoli,[3] a village near Rimini, Italy.[citation needed] Rimini has had a long history of shoemaking dating back to the 1930's. Zanotti's parents ran an ice cream shop near the seaside.

Career[edit]

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Zanotti started his fashion career in the 1962. In the beginning, he started working locally with small craftsmen and then as a freelance designer working with fashion houses.[citation needed] In 1994, Zanotti took over a small shoemaking company, the Vicini shoe factory, and devoted his time to designing and manufacturing his own shoes.[citation needed] With a small workshop employing 15 people, including a jeweler, a heel and tree expert and an embroiderer, he started work on his first collection.[citation needed]

In 2000, Zanotti opened his first boutique in Milan. Further boutiques were opened in New York City, Paris, Houston, London, Moscow, Dubai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing etc., reaching fifty stores globally.[2]

Giuseppe Zanotti with Tika Sumpter in 2013

Zanotti has designed shoes for such brands as maisons like Dior, Missoni, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Thierry Mugler, Gianfranco Ferré,[3] Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon Panichgul, Christopher Kane, Delfina Delettrez, and Vera Wang.[4]

In 2012 Zanotti launched his menswear line Giuseppe Homme. In 2014 Zanotti celebrated his 20th anniversary by launching a series of special collections with designs from the past decades including a a line of ready to wear collection featuring luxurious soprtswear. [5]

Controversies[edit]

Zannoti became the center of controversy when singer and rapper Nicki Minaj, tweeted about the designer not returning her phone calls. Minaj claims that Zanotti used her name on his products without crediting her. Minaj took to Twitter saying, "#RunMeMyCHECK #GiuseppeWhatsGood I got time today, Barbz trend this cuz he gon learn today. The racism & disrespect won't b tolerated."

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