1927 | ANDRE PERUGIA | THE MODEL GOCASSE FOR I.MILLER & ALPINA | FEAT. JOSEPHINE BAKER

1927 | André Perugia for I.Miller | detail
The model Gocasse
Source: Hartford Courant | October 12, 1927


PARIS speaks in very line of this custom-made slipper - in its graceful upward, sweeping curves, exquisite modeling and incomparable perfection of finish … More delightful still, this Perugia original is shown by us at less half its cost in Paris!

I. Miller advertisement
Source: Hartford Courant | October 12, 1927


1927 | All shoes & handbags by André Perugia
Left-hand corner: Gocasse & matching handbag | Drawing by Charles Martin
Source: Femina magazine


Monsieur Perugia brought with him a marvellous collections of his own designs, some worth $100 a pair, others more practical and more within the purse limits of the average woman, but all typical of what is going to be worn for fall and winter.

… in the lower left-hand corner you will find a shoe of bronze kidskin with an interesting saddle effect and strap of gold and silver kid. A hand bag to match is shown with this shoe.

Lucy Claire
The Daily Times | July 21, 1927



1928 | Andrè Perugia for Alpina - Lézard Perlé (Beaded Lizard)
The model Gocasse & matching handbag
Twice the I. Miller price

VFF (Very Famous Feet)
Andrè Perugia | The model Gocasse | detail
Source: Publifoto

Publifoto's picture says 1929 - 1930, while another photograph place Josephine Baker, and manager/lover Pepito (Giuseppe Abatino) alongside Le Corbusier on the dock of the cruiser Giulio Cesare en route to San Paulo, Brazil via Montevideo - November 1929

Anyway, Baker's choice of Perugias was impeccable, but we wonder: where's the matching handbag?.



November 1929 | Josephine Baker shod in Perugia's Gocasse
On board of the cruiser Giulio Cesare
Source: Publifoto

ANDRE PERUGIA
BOTTIER DE LUXE


FOOTNOTE

It seems that the only surviving Gocasse model is kept well hidden at Romans’ Musée International de la Chaussure, France.


Andrè Perugia's Gocasse highlighted
The treasure room at Romans’ Musée International de la Chaussure
Source: Gordana Dimitrijevic


 

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