When you say or think of Italian fashion, chances are that the first name that pops into your head is Giorgio Armani. His long standing adventure in this business made him an icon for the industry and his influence is all over the place.
Born on July 11, 1934 in a small Italian town, Giorgio Armani has become a symbol, an ambassador of Italian fashion all over the world.
Particularly known for his stylish suits worn by top Hollywood actors such as Mel Gibson or Richard Gere, Armani never even thought of becoming a fashion designer in his youth.
He went to college to become a medic, but he soon realized that hospitals weren’t for him. He quit in favor of taking photography courses. But that wasn’t meant to last much either as in 1957 he had to abandon them in order to do his obligatory military service.
After that, he got a job at “La Rinascente”, Italy’s leading department store at that time. In 1964 he went to work for Nino Cerruti, an important fashion designer. In 1970, encouraged by his good friend Sergio Galeotti, he left Cerruti and established his own freelance design studio.
In 1974, the same friend helped him establish his own company called Giorgio Armani S.p.A. His first collection for men was a huge success and a year later he launched a collection for women that enjoyed the same enthusiasm from the public.
Since then, he continuosuly developed the Armani Look which can now be easily recognized by almost everyone. It is well known for its distinct clean, tailored lines.
To better understand how popular and successful Giorgio Armani is, I think it’s sufficient to mention that he owns homes in several exotic places such as San Tropez, Forte dei Marmi, Broni, and Pantelleria.
At 74, he’s still one of the most active fashion designers we have ever seen. He’s working every single day to grow his fashion empire.
He’s launching new fashion collections at a rate other creators only dream of. And while always presenting a new look, he manages to maintain the basics that have put him on the fashion map decades ago.
Indeed, his creations have stood the test of time.
Besides the suits and dresses we know, he works a lot creating his other highly popular products such as cosmetics, fragrances, home interiors, jewelry, leather wallets, eyewear and watches.
Besides fashion, he has also numerous activities that help him stay young. In 2002, he was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This way he can show the world that rich people should be more implicated in the important issues people have.