Francesco Russo's Paris inspiration
Francesco Russo was adopted by Paris.
The Italian shoe designer made a name for himself at Yves Saint Laurent. He joined the company in 2000 after a successful stint at Miu Miu, and is behind the label's famous The Cherry shoe and The Tribute, which is a favourite among stars like Mila Kunis, Kate Beckinsale and Demi Lovato.
"Paris adopted me 15 years ago when I started to work for Saint Laurent – it became home for me, but you can find inspiration everywhere," Francesco told Matches Fashion.
"My process of designing a collection is mostly opening my box of archive images, memories and things I am attracted to. When I start my collection, that box is open."
Francesco has been in the shoe game for 20 years and after honing his craft at major fashion houses, decided to go it alone with his eponymous label in 2013.
He feels a strong connection between his designs and the female body, and a high back and laces that go up the leg have become the brand's signature.
High shoes may be known to be uncomfortable, but Francesco is determined to overcome that.
"At the end of the day I do this job not to see my name on the insole, but to see many women wearing my shoes. Of course there is a strong design, but like a building you can make something beautiful and it will still collapse. With shoes, a woman can suffer. Beautiful and comfortable is all I am interested in. Making something beautiful just for beauty’s sake and a woman walking badly doesn’t interest me," he revealed.