Barbas, Raymond

Barbas, Raymond (1900-1983). French entrepreneur and president of Jean Patou. He joined in 1920 after his marriage to Marie-Magdaleine.

Barbas, Raymond (1900-1983). French entrepreneur and president of Jean Patou. He joined that Paris fashion house in 1920 after his marriage to Marie-Magdaleine, the founder’s sister. Susanne Lenglen, the six-time Wimbledon champion and dominant player in women’s tennis between 1919 and 1926, owed her entry into the world of fashion to Barbas. After the death of his brother-in-law, management of the business was in his hands. He remained in charge until his own death. Then he was succeeded by his nephew, Jean de Mouy. In the 1950s, at the head of a trade group of manufacturers, Barbas obtained from the government a series of measures meant to invigorate French fashion and the textile industry.

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Ballin

Ballin. Italian shoe factory in Fiesso d’Artico, near Venice. The Ballin brothers began their production of shoes in the immediate post-war period.

Ballin. Italian shoe factory in Fiesso d’Artico, near Venice. The Ballin brothers began their production of artisan-quality shoes in the immediate post-war period. Moreover, starting in 1945, and for more than 50 years, their success was guaranteed by the ever-more refined craftsman-like perfection of their materials and their design, combined with modern industrial manufacturing techniques.

Giorgio Ballin is the president of the company. He also is one of the founders of ACRIB (Association of Industrial Shoemakers of the Brenta Region). Today, the company, with an annual production of 200,000 shoes, has won markets all over the world, from France to the U.S., exporting more than 80% of its production. This was made possible by the creation of new collections, alongside the more traditional ones. The designers Jimmy Choo and Helen Joy have worked for Ballin. An avant-guarde technique and style characterize the new spirit given to the company by Anna Sui, the American designer who is the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

Then in October 2020 Chanel acquires Ballin. Chanel had bought also Conceria Gaiera in July 2019. The double-C fashion house was a customer of the Italian shoe factory back in time, sharing the same vision.

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Ballantyne Cashmere

Ballantyne Cashmere. Manufacturer of cashmere knitwear. Established in 1931 in Borders, Scotland, it is a leader in the industry.

Ballantyne Cashmere. Manufacturer of cashmere knitwear. Established in 1931 in Borders, Scotland, it is a leader in the industry. Production is 400,000 pieces a year. It is part of Dawson International Plc and recently opened Ballantyne Cashmere Italy. In addition to Italy, with 30% of turnover, its biggest market is Japan.

In September 2002, Massimo Alba becomes the new creative director, while Alfredo Canessa is appointed president. Alba plans the brand’s relaunch, relying upon a staff of young collaborators of different nationalities, all based in Milan. The manufacturing plants remain in Scotland.

Then in January 2003 the new path of of the brand begins at Pitti Uomo with a collection designed by Massimo Alba and his staff.

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Baldinini

Baldinini. Italian shoe factory, established in 1910 in San Mauro Pascoli. Each year it manufactures 250,000 pair of shoes, 60% of which is exported.

Baldinini. Italian shoe factory, established in 1910 in San Mauro Pascoli. Each year it manufactures 250,000 pair of shoes, of which at least 60% is exported. It has showrooms in Milan (Montenapoleone), in Düsseldorf (Königsallee), and in London (St. John’s Wood). Since 1992 the company has expanded in Eastern Europe, where it has single-brand shops, the most important of which is the Moscow store on Revolution Square, a few steps away from Red Square. For the last thirty years, the company has been managed by Gimmi Baldinini.

In 2001 Mariella Burani Fashion Group bought 50% of the brand. Then the brand ended the following year with a total turnover of €22 million, with a net profit of 5%.

In addition to shoes, boots and sandals, Baldinini over the years has increased its production by adding fashion bags in various styles and shapes, micro-leather accessories, such as wallets, purses, key rings and cases; jackets, jackets, coats in leather and precious furs in different colors and combinations.

The brand also opened a men’s boutique in via Verri, Milan.

A presentation at Pitti Immagine of the results of the partnership between Baldinini and the German brand of men’s and women’s fashion René Lezard created for the manufacture of men’s shoes.

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Bally

Bally, a luxury men’s and women’s accessories brand founded in Switzerland in the mid-nineteenth century In the 90s, Bally entered the clothing market.

Bally. Swiss brand of shoes. It dominates the industry, with 6 factories in Switzerland, 2 in France, 1 in England and an extensive distribution network throughout Europe. The brand is proud of being able to combine mass production with great craftsmanship. The company was established by Carl Franz Bally in 1851 in Schönenwerd. Fifty years later it expanded to France and, by the 1930s the company had 56 shops in Paris and the rrest of the country. By 1965 there were 240 Bally shops in 50 foreign countries. Then in 1978 the firm was taken over by the Swiss holding company Oherlikon Bürhle.

In the early 1990s, Bally entered the clothing market. Shoes remained the core business, with about 9 million pairs produced each year. The managers of the brand didn’t worry about making a sensation or shocking people at the fashion shows. They didn’t even care about top models presenting their shoes. No, they care only about what is important, which means sales. The shoes are manufactured in leather that is so beautiful and soft as to feel like fabric. They are best appreciated from up close because of the cut, the weave, the folds, and other signs of skilled craftsmanship. It is fashion meant to be worn, a “clean” elegance which starts from below because Bally is above all a giant in footwear.

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Bally advertisement campaign, SS18.

Bally from 2000

In 1999-2000, the American company Texas Pacific Group (TPG) acquired Bally from Oerlikon-Bührle Holding Ltd. The brand therefore launched a new strategy aimed at repositioning the company as a luxury brand. Then in 2002 Bally International AG announced that Marco Franchini has been appointed CEO. The new Design and Product Directors were also appointed.

Over the years Bally continues to open new stores and renovate existing ones. Renovations were carried out in London, Hong Kong, Geneva, Beverly Hills, Moscow, Kiev. New stores were inaugurated in Sydney, Las Vegas, Johannesburg, Kuwait, Taipei, Changsha and Shenzhen (China), the new “store concept” is further implemented.

Being the international luxury brand that boasts over 155 years of history and having a turnover that improves and strengthens every year, Bally in 2007 relies on a creative director: Brian Atwood. In just ten years he became one of the most influential footwear designers in the industry. Additionally Brian coordinates all aspects of design and leads the design team made up of Johnny Coca, Andrea Pompilio and Sara Johnson.

In the fall/winter of 2007 Bally continues to expand its network of stores with new openings in Berlin, Odessa, Moscow, Donetsk, Krasnoyarsk, Damascus and Bucharest. On April 22, 2008 LABELUX Group, a new holding operating in the luxury sector with offices in Vienna and Milan owned by the Viennese family-run holding company Joh. A. Benckiser SE, announces that it has reached an agreement with TPG Capital for the acquisition of Bally International AG.

Bally recently

Then in 2018 Bally could speak the Chinese language. Shandong Ruyi investment holding becomes the new majority shareholder of Bally international A.G. which also controls Aquascutum. The conditional is a must. Despite the premises, in fact, in 2020 the transaction signed with the Luxembourg-based Jab holding to acquire the majority of the maison has not yet been concluded. The Shandong Ruyi investment holding could not raise $ 600 million to finance the purchase.

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Babani

Babani. Firm offering fabrics and clothing established in 1919 by Madame Babani in a shop on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris.

Babani. Firm offering fabrics and clothing established in 1919 by Madame Babani in a shop on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. She sold Liberty fabrics as well as the Renaissance-inspired ones created by Mariano Fortuny. Like Maria Gallenga, Babani was an imitative follower of Fortuny, from whom she separated in order to pursue a lesser sophistication and a taste for embroidery. The firm was in business for ten years.

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Avon Celli

Avon Celli. Italian knitwear factory, already operating in the 1920s and relaunched 30 years later by Pasquale Celli and it was a worldwide success.

Avon Celli. Italian knitwear factory, already operating in the 1920s and relaunched 30 years later by Pasquale Celli.

The firm owes its worldwide success to refinement in manufacturing, a craftsman-like attention to detail, expensive yarns — cashmere, fine wool, pure silk — and an unmistakeable style that combines classic tailoring with just the right touch of fashion.

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Aujard, Christian

Aujard Christian (1941-1977). French entrepreneur. In partnership with a group of designers he created a line of prêt-à-porter under his own name.

Aujard Christian (1941-1977). French entrepreneur. Aujard in partnership with a group of designers he created a line of prêt-à-porter under his own name. It featured soft and somewhat oversize jackets for men, ample overcoats and long skirts for women. He died after a fall while horseback riding and left the brand in the hands of his wife Michèle and the designer Jeff Sayre. Sayre had been with the house since 1973. For the last ten years the brand has been part of the firm Alex Cini B., which distributes mainly in the Orient and has a boutique in rue de Tournon in Paris.

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Assunta

Assunta. Roman fur shop. It was founded by Assunta Aguccioni, who started her career in 1937 and in 1942 opened her own business.

Assunta. Roman fur shop. It was founded by Assunta Aguccioni, who started her career in 1937 at Balzani, and in 1942 opened her own business working with Forquet, Carosa, Lancetti and Valentino. In 1969 received the cinema prize Maschera d’Argento for her “tile” fur inspired by the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. She also made long and flared furs, casual trousers in ermine, flowered inlays and mink Bermuda shorts. In 1969 she worked with the fashion designer Alberto Lattuada. He designed the Eskimo Collection for her, with coats worked in Persian lamb in the shape of inlaid tiles. The Ninotschka Collection of 1971-1972 presented garments made of Crimea lamb. She was also able to offer elegant cloaks of chinchilla, zebra and mink worked horizontally. Additionally among her clients was Romy Schneider.

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Artom, Guido

Artom, Guido (1931-2017). Textile entrepreneur. He was president of Federtessile from 1975 to 80, years in which the federation was born.

Artom, Guido (1931-2017). Textile entrepreneur. He was president of Federtessile from 1975 to 1980, a time when the federation was only getting started and Italian prêt-à-porter was booming. He was also a politician.

With three vice-presidents, Angelo Pavia, Giancarlo Lombardi and Mario Boselli, at his side, he fought with success against Progetto 80. This was a government plan to help certain industries such as chemicals, electronics and aviation. It excluded others such as clothing and textiles which were considered mature and not in need of assistance.

He understood, as Beppe Modenese maintained, that the Italian fashion industry had to focus on Milan as the sole location for its shows. The is in order to facilitate the work of journalists and to provide a comprehensive visual experience of the creative and entrepreneurial strength of Italian design. Artom joined Modenese in trying (with success) to convince designers to present their Collections at the Fiera di Milano, of which, twenty years later in 1997, he would be appointed president. He resigned from the post in 1998 over a policy disagreement.

Among his passions, in addition to art, cars have always occupied a prominent place.

Then in 2003 Guido Artom was awarded with the Ambrogino D’Oro.

He passed away on December 15, 2017, in Milan.

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