I Pinco Pallino

Brand of children’s clothing. Managed by Imelde and Stefano Cavalleri (1950), partners in both life and work. They were able to create a winning business in the province of Bergamo through constant expansion and with a particular loading of joy that makes the world of I Pinco Pallino completely exclusive. The company has a classic, casual, and baby line, each accompanied by accessories. The brand has several single brand stores throughout the world and is on sale in the most significant department stores. This global success was rewarded with the prestigious Column One award from the Wall Street Journal in 2000. It certainly wasn’t an easy path, one that started in 1982 at Pitti Bimbo, which marks its first success. Twenty years later, the company’s turnover amounted to 19 million Euros. This is fashion in small measures for little boys and girls, and, curiously for redheads: this is how Imelde and Stefano imagine them and how the public sees them in advertising and in the sales points. A 360ú couple, united in the social field. They have always collaborated with humanitarian organizations and charities, both in Italy and abroad, promoting and supporting cultural initiatives. Their involvement was acknowledged in 2001 at an institutional level by the Province of Milan, in the presence of the former Cardinal, Carlo Maria Martini. They collaborate with WWF, Fai, Unicef, and Anlaids. They also support the venture of Italian Association of Libraries and the Italian Association of Pediatricians, which promotes reading for children.
&Quad;2001. The company made a turnover of 18.6 million Euros from clothing and shoes for children, up by 15% compared to 2000.
&Quad;2002. Opening of the first single brand boutique in Rome, in Via del Babbuino.
&Quad;2002. Despite a difficult year for the clothing and textiles sectors, the company registered a turnover of 19 million Euros, up 5% compared to the previous year. 50% of the production is exported.
&Quad;2002-2003. The company focused on distribution. A sales point was opened in the Wafi Wall department store in Dubai, the first in the United Arab Emirates. The brand’s presence was also consolidated in the Far East with four boutiques in Japan, eight in Taiwan (opened in partnership with the company Why and 1/2). A second store was opened in Milan, which focused exclusively on clothing for babies.
&Quad;2003. The brand was distributed in more than 400 boutiques in Italy and abroad.
&Quad;2003. An agreement was signed with the company Ma Mere to expand in the Japanese market. The target was the opening of 15 sales points and to attain an annual turnover of 12.4 million Euros. There were three sales points in Japan, plus another one with Ma Mere, in Tokyo and Osaka, making an annual turnover of about ¼200 million, 1.65 million Euros.


British magazine founded in 1980 by Terry Jones, the graphic and artistic director of the British edition of Vogue. It was initially launched with a low circulation as a quarterly, but in 1983 it became a bi-monthly, a point of reference for style rather than for traditional fashion. Its purpose was to document street fashion, new ideas, and looks, mixing content written in an unconventional tone and emphasizing the visuals as well as text. It registered and documented the most stimulating expressions of the pop culture during those years through emerging talents, from designers to photographers, film directors, journalists, and advertising agents. It made its name due to the selection of its creative photographers and its editorials about society and avant-garde fashion. More than a fashion magazine, it has become the expression of a generation and the symbol of an age. Thanks to an irreverent approach in illustrations (one of the most famous photographs was of Roy George dressed as a nun) and a clear and neat typographical image, the magazine was also an artistic expression. Every issue is dedicated to a specific theme. As well as clothing, it also features music, places, and trendy clubs. Notwithstanding its success, it fell into financial difficulties and in 1984 it had to ask for the support of a co-editor, Tony Elliot of Timeout. In 1987 it took on the look of a hardcover magazine and was published at the same time as the first edition of the i-D Bible, with an extent of 164 pages, once a year, dedicated to night clubs, music, fashion, and hairstyle. For its 20th anniversary, Terry Jones published a book that provided a photographic path of the magazine’s history, presenting a page from every issue until December 2000. It was like a visual novel, which illustrated the last twenty years of the 20th century, in a kaleidoscope of colored pictures, changes, and trends. In 2003 Fashion Now was published and edited by Terry Jones and Avril Mair for Taschen editions. It contains a selection from the i-D magazine, which presents the work of the 150 most important names of fashion to the young emerging talents. Biographies and direct and exclusive interviews made it a fundamental document for contemporary fashion design.

I. Magnin

American department store chain on the west coast of the USA. Established by Mary Ann Magnin, who emigrated to San Francisco to London with her family in 1870. In order to sustain her eight children, she sewed clothes that her husband Isaac tried to sell from door to door. This proved successful as Mary Ann was able to open a store in San Francisco six years after their arrival. In 1893 a store was opened in Los Angeles, followed by stores in San Diego and Palm Desert. I. Magnin remained in the hands of the family until 1943. In 1994 the business failed and some of its buildings now host another great chain, Macy’s.


Acronym of the Cappelli A. Sorbatti industry. The Sorbatti family from Motappone, near Ascoli Piceno, has been producing and selling hats and berets since the 1920s. From its artisan roots, the company has transformed into a modern industry, rooted in the entrepreneurial tradition of the Marches. Price, quality, design and the wide range of classic, sports, casual and promotional hats for men, women, children, and babies are all elements on which the hat factory relies. It employs 24 people and has a production plant of 1,050 square yards. It can manufacture up to 2,500 hats a day.


International Apparel Federation. Established in 1976 by a group of clothing entrepreneurs in the USA, Europe, and Japan with the purpose of promoting the common interests of its members and support their global activity. It was the world’s first federal representative institution for the sector. The federation gathers once a year in the autumn in London at its headquarters at 5 Portland Place. The president remains in charge for a year and every member sits on the board of representatives.

Ian & Marcel

Brand of ready-to-wear. Both Canadians, Ian H. Cooper (1946-1992) and Marcel B. Aucoin (1951-1991) met in Toronto in 1976. The former studied fashion design at the Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, and the latter studied furniture and fabric design at the Sheridan School of Design in Canada. They moved to London where Ian graduated with a Masters in fashion at St. Martin’s School of Art. In 1979 they established their own company, creating Fortuny-style evening dresses in pleated silk, and developing liquid latex and silk-based technique, which allowed them to decorate fabrics as well as welding them without the use of seams.


Italian knitwear company. Established in 1961, its headquarters are in Santa Maria degli Angeli (Perugia). With the brands Pitti, Spirito, John Ashpool, Escargot, and Golf Club, it exports about 30% of its production in western Europe as well as in northern America and Japan. It holds the license for men and women’s knitwear of Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, and Giorgio Armani Underwear.