Sergio Rossi was born in 1935 and apprenticed with his father to learn the art of shoemaking. He began making sandals for summer tourists in Rimini in the 1950s. By 1966 he had set up his own shop in Bologna and two years later launched his own eponymously-named brand.
His name became synonymous with luxury Italian footwear and by the 1990s he was creating shoe collections for fashion houses including Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Azzedine Alaia. In 1999 his company was acquired by the Gucci Group, now known as Kering, before being resold to a private equity firm in 2015.
Sergio Rossi contracted Covid-19 and died in Cesena, Italy at the age of 84.