Italian luxury goods company Ferragamo specializes in shoes, Swiss watches, leather goods, jewelry, and ready-to-wear clothing for men and women. Salvatore Ferragamo got an unexpected start in the United States, founding the Hollywood Boot Shop in California in 1923. He made shoes for the biggest movie stars at the time, such as Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson, before returning to Florence, Italy and setting up shop in 1927. After his death in 1960, his widow expanded the company from shoes to include eyewear, fragrances, handbags, ready-to-wear clothing, and more. Ferragamo remains predominantly family owned and was listed on the stock exchange in 2011. The company has many famous creations under its belt, such as metal-reinforced stiletto heels favored by Marilyn Monroe and Margaret Thatcher's popular handbags. The company offers an eclectic portfolio of luxury goods that are favored by celebrities and discriminating clientele worldwide.