Brunello Cucinelli

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Brunello Cucinelli (born September 3, 1953 at Castel Rigone) is an Italian luxury creative director and the chief executive of his eponymous made in Italy brand, Brunello Cucinelli.[1] He donates 20% of his profits through the Brunello Cucinelli Foundation.

Early life and career[edit]

Cucinelli grew up in a rural agricultural community outside of Perugia.[2] His childhood home had no electricity or running water.[3] Cucinelli dropped out of engineering school at age 24,[4] choosing instead to read philosophical texts on his own.[4] Cucinelli's first product was cashmere sweaters in bright colors.[4] In 1977 he started making dyed cashmere in a small workshop. He founded Brunello Cucinelli SpA in 1978 with the Italian lira equivalent of about $550;[5] after the initial public offering of Brunello Cucinelli SpA his personal net worth exceeded $1 billion.[5]

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Personal life[edit]

Cucinelli is married to his hometown sweetheart Federica,[11] and the couple have two daughters: Camilla and Carolina.[12] Cucinelli cites the Meditations by Marcus Aurelius as a book that has strongly influenced him.[2] His personal style icons are Gianni Agnelli and John F. Kennedy Jr.[2] On the wall in his office are images of Socrates, Confucius, Constantine, Palladio, Dostoyevsky, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Kafka, John F Kennedy, and the Pope.[13] Esquire magazine named him among the top ten best dressed men alive in 2017.[14] Twice each year on the occasion of Florence's Pitti Uomo trade show, Cucinelli hosts a dinner at Villa Palmieri in a small Tuscan town five miles from the city.[15]


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