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    Filanto

    Italian shoe factory. Its headquarters is in Casarano, Apulia, near Lecce. Michele Zonno is the general director. It manufactures both a men’s and a women’s collection through two brands: Filanto and Bkt. In 2001, the turnover was €240 million, of…

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    Frederics

    John (1906-1964). German designer. He worked in America and emerged during the 1930s as an exponent of the avant-garde. In 1939, he designed hats for Scarlet O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, in Gone With The Wind. Appreciated for his taste…

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    Filatura di Pollone

    Spinning mill established in 1953 thanks to the entrepreneurial intuition of Attilio Botto, from Biella. It is a national and international leader in classic carded yarns, combed and open-end, in wool, natural, artificial and synthetic fibers, both for clothing and…

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    Frarica

    Manufacturing company with production plants in Carpi and Este. Its product is famous thanks to the advertising slogan “The Shirt with a Moustache,” launched by spokespersons such as Maurizio Costanzo and the actor Andrea Roncato. Actually, the shirt is manufactured…

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    Fashion Box

    Italian clothing company with headquarters in Asolo (Treviso). The business is directed by Claudio Buziol. In 2002, the turnover was €251 million, roughly even with the previous year. Some 70% of that came from exports. In September 2003, a maxi-space…

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    Femme

    French monthly. The first issue was published in 1971. It was a glossy review of high fashion. It tried to undermine Vogue’s dominance in the field, but failed. The publisher Edilio Rusconi took it over in 1982 and transformed it…

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    Fila

    Italian company specialized in sportswear, specifically clothing and shoes. It is a world leader with a turnover of 893 billion liras in 1998. The company’s history began in 1926 when it was established by the Fila brothers in Biella, one…

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    Fürst

    Peter H. (1939). Austrian photographer. His models, dressed only in underwear and placed in rarefied surroundings that remind one of a boudoir, and on specially arranged sets, have contributed to his fame as “the prince of underwear.” In 1960, he…

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    Falchi

    Carlos. American designer of bags, shoes, and accessories. Born in Brazil, he lives and works in New York. He made his début in the early 1970s as a costume designer for very famous music stars such as Cher, Tina Turner,…

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    Fontana

    Leather goods company, among the largest and oldest in Italy. It was established by the Massa family in 1915 in Milan, where one of the company’s two plants is still located; the other is in Florence. Besides its own women’s…