Raymond Massaro, the legendary French cobbler, has died in Paris at the age of 90. He was the grandson of Sébastien Massaro, who founded his workshop in 1894 at 2, rue de la Paix in Paris. Raymond Massaro took over the business in 1957. Also in the 1950s, he designed the first elastic ballerina for Madame Grès, made popular by Brigitte Bardot. In 1957, he created for Coco Chanel the iconic beige and black slingback sandal. The collaboration with Chanel continued for decades, bringing him to work closely with the late Karl Lagerfeld, who was Chanel's creative director from 1983 to February of this year, when he died. In 2007, Massaro sold the family business to Paraffection, a subsidiary of Chanel. Massaro also designed footwear for John Galliano at Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler, Azzedine Alaïa and Christian Lacroix. In addition, he served as president of the French national federation of bootmakers (Chambre Syndicale Nationale des Bottiers) and vice-president of the National Leather Council (Conseil National du Cuir).

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