Vittorio Virgili is no longer with us: head of the family, even at workGone at the age of 78, right before the summer and almost on tiptoe, in what was keeping with his style.
An extremely young Vittorio Virgili first began producing children’s footwear in the 1960’s and selling it in the surrounding area of Sant’Elpidio a Mare. It was 1964 and this is how Calzaturificio Giuliana – this was the company’s name – began the adventure that would lead Vittorio to excel in an art form – that of expert shoemaking – which would turn him into an important player in many parts of the world: from Germany to Hong Kong, and from the USA to Russia. Before long, the company expanded, first changing its name to Sir Hamilton for men’s footwear production and then – in 1981 – to Vittorio Virgili, which has also been producing women’s footwear since 2002. The Vittorio Virgili brand was joined by the licenses of Sartore and Iceberg, thus conveying greater appeal to the collections proposed, while contributing to the company’s further development. In the meantime, Vittorio also took on an extremely active role in the trade association of reference (first ANCI and then Assocalzaturifici), both on a local and international level, eventually becoming Honorary Chairman. In any case, his focus remained fixed on the company where, even by his workers, he was always considered the “head of the family”, thanks to the feelings of mutual trust and esteem between them. In fact, for Vittorio Virgili, work was about not only ability, perseverance, and willingness, but above all about humanity and honesty.