Aug 292006

Giorgio Armani in Milan

Giorgio Armani out and about in Milan

The Armani Group is one of the leading fashion and luxury goods groups in the world today with over 4,600 direct employees and 13 factories. It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products.

Armani’s Tailored clothing, dresses, sportswear, evening wear and accessories are made from the world’s most exquisite fabrics and produced to the highest standards.

Giorgio Armani was born on 11 July 1934 and is an Italian fashion designer particularly noted for his menswear. He is known today for his clean, tailored lines.

After a stint in the army, Armani found a job as a window dresser at La Rinascente, a department store in Milan. He went on to become a buyer for the men’s wear department, where he gained valuable experience in the marketing aspect of the fashion industry. In the mid-1960s, Armani moved to the Nino Cerruti company, where he designed men’s wear.


Armani Jeans Summer 2011

While at Cerruti, Armani’s skills were in great demand and for several years he freelanced by submitting designs to up to 10 fashion houses at a time. In 1973 Sergio Galeotti persuaded him to open a design office of his own in Milan, at 37 corso Venezia.

Giorgio Armani S.p.A. was founded in Milan on July 24th, 1975 by Sergio Galeotti and Giorgio Armani – the company’s current President, Chief Executive Officer and sole shareholder – and later that year, the first Giorgio Armani Borgonuovo 21 ready-to-wear collection (S/S 1976) was presented. Nowadays his personal fortune stands at over $5 Billion.

Armani’s film industry connections have benefited him since he dressed Richard Gere in the movie “American Gigolo”, gaining instant fame as a designer of casually sexy suits.

In the early 80’s Giorgio Armani S.p.A. established an important licence agreement with L’Oreal (formerly H.Rubinstein) for fragrances and also launched the Emporio Armani and Armani Jeans collections. In the same period Giorgio Armani S.p.A. opened the first Emporio Armani store in Milan followed the next year with the opening of the first Giorgio Armani boutique in Milan.

In 1999, a new Accessories Division was created including a first e-commerce presence with in the United States.

Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and EMAAR Properties PJSC signed a Letter of Intent for the establishment of an innovative worldwide collection of ‘Armani luxury hotels and resorts’.

Giorgio Armani opens Armani/Three on the Bund in Shanghai, the fourth multibrand store including Giorgio Armani boutique, Emporio Armani, Emporio Armani Caffè, Armani Fiori and Armani Dolci areas.


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