Giorgio Armani ( born July 11, 1934 in Piacenza, Italy) is an Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur. Armani is one of the "greatest fashion designers of the 20th century". He founded in 1975 international fashion company Giorgio Armani SpA bears his name.
After an aborted study medicine Armani worked as a window dresser, then as Ausstellungsarrangeur and eventually became fashion buyer and director of menswear boutique of the Milan department store La Rinascente. In the years 1961-1970 he worked under Nino Cerruti for its menswear brand Hitman. 1966 Armani met Sergio Galeotti his later life companion, an architect, know, operated a design studio with him and worked freelance for Ungaro and Zegna. In 1975, Galeotti Armani with his own, named after him company. Armani first made her elegant men's fashion a name and finally with exclusive women's fashion.
Died in 1985 Armani's friend and business partner Galeotti, who was responsible for the management in the company, according to media reports, after a two-year leukemia - disease of a heart attack. After Galeotti death Armani took its 50 % stake in the company and also Galeotti tasks. Over the years, the portfolio has been expanded to include numerous collections. The initially small mode operation evolved from the 1980s to the international fashion empire.
1996 Armani was convicted after a bribery allegation against the Italian tax authorities, which also affected fashion companies such as Krizia, Gianfranco Ferré and Versace in Milan to nine months in prison on probation. 2008 Armani bought the basketball club Olimpia Milano, the official after Armani EA7 Sport collection bares the name of EA7 Emporio Armani Milano -.
Giorgio Armani speaks Italian and French and very little English, is regarded as uncompromising, sometimes quick-tempered, " obsessed with detail and as an ascetic ." His sister Rosanna and her family, as her son Andrea Camerana, as well as the family of his deceased older brother Sergio, as its daughters Silvana and Roberta Armani, employees in his company. In February 2007, Giorgio Armani, who is single and has no children himself, has publicly announced that if he were to search for a buyer for his fashion empire. The company's value has been estimated mid-2000s to about five billion euros. Beginning of the 2010s was estimated at 7.2 billion euros Armani's private assets. Since Sergio Galeotti death Armani controlled even all company processes, watching over the brand image and even supervised the assigned licenses introduction of underwear, swimwear, accessories, children's clothing, as well as corrective and sunglasses.
Armani is still sole shareholder of his financially independent company. The numerous takeover bids of fashion conglomerates such as LVMH in the 1990s, he had always refused. He did not run because he needed no extra money and not " conducted by the market " wanted to be an IPO. As Armani's trademark and company logo he chose a stylized eagle for fashion lines, Armani Jeans, Emporio Armani and Armani Junior. Armani himself appears happy to add a plain dark blue t -shirt or cashmere sweater.