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Roberto Cavalli

Since the '50s, this Italian womenswear label has brought its signature exotic prints and sexy aesthetic to audiences worldwide.

Vital statistics

  • 1970 Established
  • Private Type
  • 501 - 1,000 Number of employees
  • €185m (2012) Revenue
  • Sesto Fiorentino, Italy HQ

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Roberto Cavalli (born 15 November 1940) is an Italian fashion designer known for his exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans.

Born in Florence, Tuscany, Cavalli enrolled at the local Art Institute, concentrating in textile print. In the early 1970s, he invented and patented a printing procedure on leather, and he started creating patchworks of different materials. He debuted these techniques in Paris, immediately getting commissions from the likes of Hermès and Pierre Cardin.

At age 32, he presented his first namesake collection at the Salon for Prêt-à-Porter in Paris. He brought it to the catwalks of the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, and later on those of Milano Collezioni, jeans made of printed denim, intarsia leathers, brocade, and wild prints. He then opened his first boutique in 1972 in Saint-Tropez.

Besides the main line, which is sold in over fifty countries worldwide, Roberto Cavalli designs RC Menswear and Just Cavalli, launched in 1998, In 2002, Cavalli opened his first café-store in Florence, revamping it with his signature animal prints. This was shortly followed by the opening of the Just Cavalli café at Torre Branca and another boutique on Via della Spiga.

Today, the Roberto Cavalli brand comprises of men’s wear, women’s wear and accessories, eyewear, watches, jewelry, perfumes, underwear, and beachwear.

Source: Wikipedia

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