Photo: Justin Trudeau, PM of Canada pays tribute to the late Sonja Bata, founder of Bata Shoe Museum

February 22, 2018 4:07 pm

Collector and philanthropist Sonja Bata, whose collection of global footwear treasures formed the basis of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, has died.

The museum’s acting director Sheila Knox says Bata passed away on Tuesday evening at Toronto Western Hospital, surrounded by friends and family.
She was 91.
Bata began collecting footwear in the 1940s, and her fascination with design and history led to a collection of more than 13,000 artifacts chronicling 4,500 years of history.
The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau writes:

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