The Death of a Legend

The creator of the popular women’s footwear brand, Andrea Biani, has died at 83. John Perillo, also known as Sebastiano, was a former refugee who came to New Zealand and started what is now known as one of New Zealand’s leading shoe brands.

He created his first pair of shoes in his family’s shed in the 60s. A retailer on Queen Street reviewed several samples and ordered ten pairs which sold out that same day. Since then, Perillo made a name for himself in the industry.

The designer passed away in hospital after a short illness. His memory continues to live on through his wife Anne, three children and great-granddaughter.