The relationship is not just commercial; it goes much deeper than that. A central theme of our bicentennial celebrations this year is the importance of personal relationships to our 200 years together. So it is in the world of high fashion. The best-known story along these lines is probably that of Salvatore Ferragamo. The founder of Salvatore Ferragamo SpA moved to the United States in 1914, first to Boston and in 1923 to Hollywood where he became the “shoemaker to the stars”. He returned to Italy in 1927, and the rest is history. There are now 39 Ferragamo outlets in the United States. The US-Ferragamo ties go beyond shoes and handbags, however. Ferragamo’s current headquarters, Palazzo Spini Feroni on via Tornabuoni, hosted the US Consulate from 1916 to 1938.