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San Mauro Pascoli, Italy
Through his wholly owned company, Vicini S.p.A, he manufactures his eponymous label, Giuseppe Zanotti, which is distributed in 75 countries worldwide through a network of directly operated boutiques, franchisees and luxury retailers.
Born on April 17, 1957, Zanotti grew up in the small village of San Mauro Pascoli in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy --which is located just outside the seaside resort of Rimini, the town and its surrounding area is known for high-end shoe-making tradition.
"I was always obsessed with shoes," Giuseppe Zanotti said in an interview with Harper's Bazaar Australia in 2014. "I think the first pair I remember were my mother's. I was only seven or eight and I remember being impressed with the shape of the toe." 
In the 80's Zanotti decided to pursue a career in making women's shoes. His initial foray was as a freelance designer, and worked his way to recognizable fashion houses.
By the early nineties, Zanotti wanted branch out on his own and create a distinct style of footwear, particularly ornate with oversized crystals and stones usually used in the manufacturing of bijoux jewelry.
He acquired the Vicini shoe factory located in his hometown of San Mauro Pascoli and set about recasting the small company. He moved his style team there and implemented new departments specialized in producing heels and ornamental jewels. He also brought in skilled embroiderers and other craft artisans.
In the spring of 1994, Zanotti traveled to New York City to present his first Giuseppe Zanotti collection to a select group of fashion editors and retailers. Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Barney's New York were among the first luxury retailers to pick up the collection and remain retailers of the brand today, along with retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, among others.
The first Giuseppe Zanotti boutique opened in Milan in 2000, followed by additional stores in New York City, Paris, London, Moscow, Hong Kong, Miami, Los Angeles and Saint Tropez. In 2016, Giuseppe Zanotti celebrated the opening of its 100th flagship store at IFC in Shanghai.
Vicini Sp.A., which started as a small manufacturing entity, today counts five company-owned factories specialized in all the phases of luxury shoe making and employees 650 people who help to produce more than 600,000 pairs of shoes annually.
Capitalizing on the popularity of his women's shoes, Zanotti has expanded his product offering over the past several years. Following the same creative impulses that guided the design of his women's footwear collections, in 2010 he introduced a line of leather luxury sneakers, melding street style with couture decorations. They featured all of Zanotti's hallmarks, including crystal embroidery, metal hardware and unexpected design contrasts.
"I compare sneakers to jeans, which are the most incredible form of unisex fashion." Zanotti said in an interview in 2014. "They both don't have rules." 
In the Fall Winter 2010 season, Zanotti also presented his first jewelry collection. Inspired by the same decorative elements used on his stilettos and platforms, the bijoux offering featured oversized, sculptural necklace, bracelets and rings, embellished with crystals and colored stones.
"The jewelry line is a strong, modern decorative statement." Giuseppe Zanotti said at the time of the launch.
Two years later, Zanotti launched his first men's footwear collection. Zanotti's designs were made to appeal to fashion-forward men through a variety of sneaker designs.
In the Fall Winter 2014 season, to celebrate the brand's 20th anniversary, Zanotti introduced a special footwear collection along with two capsule collections: ready-to-wear and a new line of handbags.