Giuseppe Zanotti (born 17 April 1957) is an Italian shoe designer.
Zanotti was born in San Mauro Pascoli, a village close to Rimini, Italy. In the 1980s, he worked as a DJ before becoming a shoemaker.
He started his fashion career in the 2000s. In the beginning, he started working locally with small craftsmen and then as a freelance designer working with fashion houses.
In 1994, Zanotti took over a small shoemaking company, the Vicini shoe factory, and devoted his time to designing and manufacturing his own shoes.
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. Today, more than 350 people work at his company, which manufactures over 400,000 pairs of men and women's shoes.
In 2000, Zanotti opened his first boutique in Milan. Further boutiques were opened in New York City, Paris, London, Moscow, Dubai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing etc., reaching fifty stores globally. He has designed shoes for such brands as Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon Panichgul, Christopher Kane, Delfina Delettrez, and Vera Wang...
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