Before Mr. Blahnik made so many of us palpitate as Carrie ran into the arms of Mr. Big in what seemed like a never-ending parade of delicious heels, there was Andre Perugia....
As if clairvoyant in terms of design, Mr. Perugia was well ahead of his time...can you imagine those fish shoes (above) were designed in the 1930s? and those delicious, round-toe orange mules (above) date from the same decade!
These incredible, metallic leather beauties date from the early 1920s!
Born in 1893 in Nice (France) of Italian parents, Mr. Perugia apprenticed at the shop of his father and by the age of 16, he had opened his own shop, selling handmade shoes. At the height of his career, which included projects for the most sought-after designers of his time, he had a shop in Paris, at Rue Faubourg St. Honore, one of the most prestigious design locations in the city. He died in 1977.
Mr. Perugia wrote a book entitled "From Eve to Rita Hayworth" in which he postulated that to understand a woman's personality, one should study her feet.