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Giueseppe Zanotti
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    (April 17, 1957- )
    Born in San Mauro Pascoli, Rimini, Italy
    Italian shoe designer
    Owns over 50 stores globally
    Became CEO of the Vicini shoe factory in 1994
    First boutique was opened in Milan, Italy in 2000
    Company manufactures over 400,000 pairs of luxury men and women's shoes
    Owns stores in New York City, San Francisco, Paris, London, Moscow, Dubai, and Stockholm
    Has designed shoes for Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon Panichgul, Christopher Kane, Delfina Delettrez, and Vera Wang
    He started out as a disk jockey.
    He is beholden to Grade-A narcissist Kanye West.
    He has credited the style of some of his shoe lines to 'veruska African influence.'
    As a former DJ, he tends to espouse musical analogies when talking about his shoe designs.
    He claimed to have started his company due to an inexplicable 'deep passion for women's feet.'
    It took him close to 20 years to come out with a shoe line for men.
    He was one of the first designers to put forth 'the designer sneaker.'
    He was bullied as a teenager for being un-athletic and obsessed with shoe wear.
    He has since worked for the top names in music, fashion, and film.
    He was nominated for Fairchild's 'Designer of the Year' three times (2000, 2007, and 2009).
    He won the Prix d'Excellence de la Mode for best footwear collection from Marie Claire International (2010).
    He counts his mother as an influence (specifically recalling the first time he saw her in a stiletto heel).
    He was a freelance designer for Valentino, Thierry Mugler, Missoni, Dior, Roberto Cavalli, and Gianfranco Ferré.
    Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Claudia Jordan, Freida Pinto, Pink, and Katy Perry are all obsessed with his shoe line.

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