Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

Designer, Giorgio Armani

The venerable Italian designer has amassed a global empire built around sleek tailoring and brand extensions into hospitality.

Italy Designers 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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The venerable Italian designer has amassed a global empire built around sleek tailoring and brand extensions into hospitality.

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Biography

Italian designer Giorgio Armani boasts an illustrious career, spanning over 35 years within the fashion industry. Having launched his namesake label in 1975, the celebrated designer has overseen the growth of his brand into from a signature menswear label to a luxury fashion empire including Giorgio Armani Privé and Emporio Armani apparel lines alongside accessories, footwear, cosmetics and home decor.

Mr Armani is the sole shareholder of Giorgio Armani S.p.A, making it one of the few leading Italian brands to remain independent from international investment vehicles, overseeing a retail distribution chain of over 500 stand-alone stores around the world. The celebrated designer has been awarded a slew of industry accolades throughout his career such as the Award for Best International Designer, Lifetime Achievement Award for menswear and for art and fashion from the CFDA and a Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” Award.

Prior to his career in design, Mr Armani initially pursued a career in medicine, undertaking a graduate degree within the department of medicine at the University of Milan, leaving in 1953, before completing his degree, to join the Italian army. Placed in an infirmary in Verona, Armani began to look for a different career path and soon after secured a position as a window dresser for La Rinascente, a prominent department store in Milan. The budding designer went on to serve as a sales associate within the menswear department and in the early 1960s secured a menswear design role at Nino Cerruti.

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