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May 9, 2013

Ottavio Missoni, who together with his wife founded the eponymous Italian fashion house famous for its geometrical patterns and colourful knitwear, has died aged 92. 

Ottavio Missoni, who together with his wife founded the eponymous Italian fashion house famous for its geometrical patterns and colourful knitwear, has died aged 92.

Missoni, nicknamed Tai, was born in what is now Dubrovnik, in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the son of a sea captain and an Austrian countess. He was a student world athletics champion but when war broke out he found himself an infantryman, and was held a British prisoner of war for four years after fighting at El Alamein.

May 7, 2013

The Agnellis, the family behind Fiat, have built a reputation as one of Italy's greatest industrial dynasties. CampdenFB takes a look at the real people behind the famous names.

April 16, 2013

Oscar Farinetti is one of Italy’s best-known entrepreneurs. His latest venture, a food retailer called Eataly, is among the world’s fastest-growing brands. Family has played a big role in his success.

The calling to be an entrepreneur came to me when I was young, at the age of just 20. I had an overriding desire to be an entrepreneur. At that time, in the late 1970s, I realised that the electronics industry was becoming increasingly important and I decided to start developing my activities in the sector.

January 7, 2013

Vittorio Missoni, the second-generation chief executive of Italian fashion house Missoni, has disappeared off the coast of Venezuela, after the airplane he was travelling on vanished. 

Vittorio Missoni, the second-generation chief executive of Italian fashion house Missoni, has disappeared off the coast of Venezuela, after the airplane he was travelling on vanished.

The plane, which was carrying the family business heir, his wife Maurizia Castiglione, two friends of the couple and two crew members, was reported missing late on 4 January. A large-scale search involving over 385 military personnel, divers and volunteers began over the weekend and remains ongoing.

July 12, 2012

When it comes to fashion, few countries get it as right as Italy. CampdenFB looks at some of Italy’s better-known family-controlled fashion houses – and the important role of the family within them.

When it comes to fashion, few countries get it as right as Italy. After all, the country has given rise to such iconic brands as Armani, Prada, Gucci and many, many more.

May 13, 2012

When it comes to family businesses, Naples is best known for its links to the camorra rather than the legitimate form of enterprise. But, small and family-owned shops are everywhere in town. CampdenFB takes a look at one of those businesses – E Marinella, which has established itself as a world-renowned maker of ties. 

When it comes to family businesses, the southern Italian city of Naples is best known for its less than salubrious links to the often family-run camorra, one of the world’s most famous mafia-style crime organisations, rather than the more legitimate forms of the enterprise structure.

But, as anyone who has ever been to this sometimes-troubling city, stretched across the beautiful Gulf of Naples knows, small and mostly family-owned shops are everywhere, adding to the unique flavour of the place.

April 6, 2012

Everyone knows Italians take fashion seriously. So it should come as no surprise that the country’s national sailing team will wear clothing designed by one of Italy’s most famous fashion houses at the Olympic Games in London this summer.

Everyone knows Italians take fashion seriously. So it should come as no surprise that the country’s national sailing team will wear clothing designed by one of Italy’s most famous fashion houses at the Olympic Games in London this summer.

Family-controlled Prada announced this week that it will create the outfits for both the athletes and the technical staff, as part of its sponsorship agreement with Federvela, the Italian sailing federation.

January 30, 2012

The Ligresti family has ended its control of Italy’s second-largest insurance group Fondiaria SAI, in a bid to restructure the insurer’s assets.

The Ligresti family has ended its control of Italy’s second-largest insurance group Fondiaria SAI, in a bid to restructure the insurer’s assets.

According to a statement released on 29 January, the family agreed on a deal that will see rival Unipol increase the capital of Premafin by €400 million.

Premafin is the holding company through which the Ligrestis control Fondiaria SAI, as it owns 38.5% of the insurance group.

January 18, 2012

French luxury groups PPR and LVMH, which in the throes of "shopping fever" acquired a number of Italian family businesses recently, have no chance of getting their hands on the Giorgio Armani Group. 

French luxury groups PPR and LVMH, which in the throes of "shopping fever" acquired a number of Italian family businesses recently, have no chance of getting their hands on the Giorgio Armani Group. 

That's according to the company's chief executive, Giorgio Armani, who said the family business, which includes brands such as Emporio Armani and Armani Exchange, is not for sale.

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