Giorgio Armani is the Chairman of the Board and the sole shareholder of Giorgio Armani SpA, one of the leading fashion and design houses in the world today. For the fiscal year of 2001, Giorgio Armani S.p.A. had consolidated net revenues of Euro 1,270 million employed 4319 people.
Born on July 11, 1934, Giorgio Armani, his sister and his brother grew up in the northern Italian town of Piacenza. Mr. Armani attended school in his home town and spent two years at the medical university. He did not become interested in the world of fashion until 1957 when he dropped out of Piacenza University to accept a job as a buyer at La Rinascente department stores. Thereafter, Armani worked as a fashion designer for Nino Cerruti, and then as a free-lance designer for various companies, all resulting in an exceptionally rich and varied evolution of his style.
After several years as a freelance designer, Mr. Armani was ready to devote his energy to his own label and followed his partner Sergio Galeotti’s suggestion to open a company together. On July 24, 1975, they founded Giorgio Armani SpA and launched a men’s and women’s ready-to-wear line.
Mr. Armani’s foresight and vision regarding elegance and style together with his entrepreneurial ability have been central to the success of Giorgio Armani SpA. He is actively involved in key management and strategic decisions, overseeing all aspects of design, marketing and the company business. Other than working on the collections, a significant portion of his time is devoted to meeting with the media and staying in contact with business licensees throughout the world.
Under Mr. Armani’s leadership, Giorgio Armani SpA’s mission is to continually create clothes and accessories that aspire to a kind of perfection that transcends fashion. Armani’s clothing ignores the constant demand for novelty and possesses an elevated character, a quality that conveys a sense of permanence in a world infatuated with the temporary. Now, Giorgio Armani is poised for the future with a vision that crystallizes his approach to fashion as timeless, and yet always timely. Giorgio Armani is committed to the long-term view, reflected by his creation of new lines and divisions, and in his investment in new technology and infrastructures.
Giorgio Armani revolutionized the fashion world with the creation of the unstructured jacket, the demystification of the evening dress – by pairing it with low-heeled shoes or even sneakers – and the translation of oriental designs into an accessible style, as opposed to simply theatrical.
During his career he has received local and international awards such as the Gran Cavaliere della Repubblica, Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica (Italy’s highest government award), Award for Best International Desiger given by the CFDA, Lifetime Achievement Awards for men’s wear, and for the Arts and Fashion (CFDA). He has also been awarded an Honory Doctorate from the Royal College of Art of London, the Man of the Year Award (GQ) and many others.