Nina Garcia Fought Her Sister For Their Mom’s Ferragamo Handbags

Salvatore Ferragamo celebrated its Fifth Avenue flagship store re-opening last night, and it felt more like a fancy house party than a fashion party.

Silk scarves hung on the wall like paintings and books were laid out on tables. Hosts Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo hung out with guests like Zani Gugelman, Fabiola Beracasa, and Hannah Bronfman. Solange Knowles — dressed in head-to-toe Ferragamo, of course — worked her magic on the 1s and 2s.

Also on the scene were dedicated photographers, who spent the evening snapping photos which were later sent to everyone who attended. For every image shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr through April 15, Ferragamo will donate $20 to the The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Pediatric Family Housing Endowment fund.

We managed to get a minute with Marie Claire’s Nina Garcia, who told us about the origins of her longtime love for the brand.

“I remember that my mother was absolutely obsessed with Ferragamo shoes and she must’ve had 15 pairs,” Garcia said. “Then my sister became obsessed with the shoes and handbags, and then I became obsessed. So it’s a generational thing for my family and me. The company is all about heritage and incredible craftsmanship, and that’s what keeps it being passed down from generation to generation.”

But Garcia confessed that some of her accessories weren’t exactly “passed down”:

“I have a couple of very old handbags that have been passed along from my mother to my sister. Well, actually, no, I had to fight my sister for them. It was a cat fight! They’re from the ’70s and very cool”.



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