Armani

Background information Among Italy’s luxury brands still owned by Italian hands, Giorgio Armani fashion maison is for certain the most attractive prey for investors from abroad. Both LVMH and Kering (former Pinault-Printemps-Redoute), just to name names, would probably be happy to pay almost any price for it. But the celebrated Italian fashion designer, now turned…

Goldman Sachs

Background information As some in the US see Goldman Sachs as acting as a springboard for banking executives with top political ambitions, in Italy it’s the other way round: from politics to banking. In Goldman, of course. From powerful cabinet secretary of Berlusconi Gianni Letta,

Prada

Background information Fashion and leather goods group Prada’s extraordinary rise was driven by the power couple at its helm – Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli -but the company has roots reaching back 100 years. In 1913, Mario Prada opened a luxury leather goods store with his brother Martino in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II –…