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1. Gucci – Gucci is an Italian luxury brand of fashion and leather goods, part of the Gucci Group, which is owned by the French holding company Kering. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921, Gucci is also the biggest-selling Italian brand. Gucci operates about 278 directly operated stores worldwide as of September 2009, in the year 2013, the brand was valued at US$12.1 billion, with sales of US$4.7 billion. In the Forbes Worlds Most Valuable Brands list, Gucci is ranked the 38th most valuable brand, as of January 2015, the creative director is Alessandro Michele. With beginnings at the end of the 19th century, the Gucci company became one of the world’s most successful manufacturers of leather goods, clothing. As an immigrant hotel worker in Paris and later London, young Guccio Gucci was impressed with the luggage he saw urbane guests bring with them. Before leaving, he visited the manufacturer, H. J. Cave & Sons, upon returning to his birthplace of Florence, a city distinguished for high-quality materials and skilled artisans, he established a shop in 1920 that sold fine leather goods with classic styling. Although Gucci organized his workrooms for industrial methods of production, he maintained traditional aspects of fabrication, initially, Gucci employed skilled workers in basic Florentine leather crafts, attentive to finishing. With expansion, machine stitching was a method that supported construction. Together with three of his sons, Aldo Gucci, Vasco Gucci, and Rodolfo Gucci, Gucci expanded the company to include stores in Milan and Rome as well as additional shops in Florence. Guccis stores featured such finely crafted leather accessories as handbags, shoes, the company made handbags of cotton canvas rather than leather during World War II as a result of material shortages. The canvas, however, was distinguished by a signature double-G symbol combined with prominent red, after the war, the Gucci crest, which showed a shield and armored knight surrounded by a ribbon inscribed with the family name, became synonymous with the city of Florence. Aldo and Rodolfo Gucci further expanded the horizons in 1953 by establishing offices in New York City. Film stars and jet-set travelers to Italy during the 1950s and 1960s brought their glamour to Florence, movie stars posed in Guccis clothing, accessories, and footwear for lifestyle magazines around the world, contributing to the company’s growing reputation. Guccis distinctive lines made its products among the most frequently copied in the world in the early 2000s, pigskin, calf, and imported exotic animal skins were subjected to various methods of fabrication. Waterproof canvas and satin were used for evening bags, bamboo was first used to make handbag handles by a process of heating and molding in 1947, and purses made with a shoulder strap and snaffle-bit decoration were introduced in 1960. In 1964 Gucci’s lush butterfly pattern was custom-created for silk foulards, the original Gucci loafer was updated by a distinctive snaffle-bit ornament in 1966, while the Rolls-Royce luggage set was introduced in 1970. Watches, jewelry, ties, and eyewear were then added to the product lines
2. Maurizio D'Ancora – Maurizio DAncora was an Italian actor who appeared in more than forty films. He was spotted by the director Alfred Lind who gave him his debut in 1929. The same year he appeared in Mario Camerinis Rails which really launched his career and he was married to the actress Sandra Ravel. The Folklore of Consensus, Theatricality in the Italian Cinema, 1930-1943, maurizio DAncora at the Internet Movie Database
3. Doccia porcelain – The Doccia porcelain manufactory, at Doccia, a frazione of Sesto Fiorentino, near Florence, was founded in 1735 by marchese Carlo Ginori near his villa. Now known as Richard-Ginori, as of February,2013 it was in bankruptcy and its early wares were of a “soft-paste” imitation porcelain, as were all European porcelains with the exception of Meissen, where deposits of kaolin had been discovered. Ginori established the kilns at the foot of forested Monte Morello, whose timber fuelled them, anreiter from Vienna to head the painting workshop and a local sculptor, Gaspero Bruschi, as the chief modeller. Some statuettes of famous Roman sculptures were also produced, the early Doccia paste is gritty in texture and slightly grayish, its glaze less glossy than most contemporaneous European porcelains. With the revival of styles in the nineteenth century, the Doccia manufactory reverted to its eighteenth-century models. The manufacture remained in the hands of the Ginori heirs until 1896, when it was incorporated with the Società Ceramica Richard of Milan, a larger manufacturer of ceramics, as Richard-Ginori. Gio Ponti served as director of the manufacture from 1923 to 1930, producing many designs in the Art Deco manner. The firm was declared bankrupt in January,2013, a deadline of May,2013 was set by the court to find a new buyer, hopefully one which would continue to maintain historic quality standards, operate the existing plant, employ its local workforce. Lenox, the American firm, and Apulum, a Romanian china manufacturer, showed interest and that effort proved unsuccessful and the firm was again put up for sale and in April,2013 acquired by Gucci for €13 million, $16.8 million. Guccis plans were to improve the factory in Florence, concentrate on high-end products, ginori-Lisci, La porcellana di Doccia 1963. Liverani, G. Il museo delle porcellane di Doccia 1967
4. Tomas Maier – Tomas Maier is a German-born designer who is Creative Director at the Italian luxury lifestyle brand Bottega Veneta, which is part of Kering. Born in April 1957 in Pforzheim, Germany, at the edge of the Black Forest, Maier was raised in a family of architects, from there he headed to Paris, where he trained at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. For nine years, Maier was a women’s ready-to-wear designer at Hermès, by 1999, he quit all his contracts and moved to Florida. He was appointed by Tom Ford to become the Creative Director at Bottega Veneta in June 2001, Maier has presided over an extensive but deliberate expansion of the Bottega Veneta brand. He presented his first collection, which consisted solely of accessories, in September 2001, the Cabat was introduced by Tomas Maier in his first collection and was designed to represent each of these core values, since becoming one of the label’s top selling items. Maier also affirmed that Bottega Veneta would return to its logo-less heritage, conveyed in the slogan, “When your own initials are enough. ”Using those principles as a roadmap. The first women’s ready-to-wear show took place in February 2005 and the first men’s runway show was held in June 2006, to help perpetuate the traditions that define the brand, the company founded an unusual artisan school, La Scuola della Pelleteria, in Vicenza in 2006. The Tomas Maier label was established in 1997, with business partner Andrew Preston, since then, five eponymous stores have opened in Palm Beach, Bar Harbour, East Hampton, and NYC. The collection is sold at over 100 stores in more than 30 countries around the world, on 19 November 2013, Kering announced it is investing in Tomas Maiers own label to infusing it with the capital needed to ramp up expansion, including the addition of more company-owned boutiques. As of November 2013, the private label generated about $10 million in revenue annually from swimwear, knitwear, and jersey