Men, women and children’s underwear company. Established in 1946 in Novara by the Provera family who had been operative in the sector since 1920. In 1997 it had produced about 7 million pieces, offering a range of more than 20 basic fabrics, from wool blends and double-facing to the more precious wool-silk, wool-cashmere, cottons, Scottish thread, and Microform-Lys, a microfiber patented by the company that is thinner than silk and cashmere and is used with wool. From 1990 to 1997 the company’s turnover had more than doubled, achieving 44 billion Lira.

Ike Behar

American brand of shirtswear. Named after the designer of Cuban origin who arrived in New York at the age of 20 with tailoring experience from his family’s workshop. After successfully designing for Ralph Lauren and other big names, he decided to launch his own brand in 1982. The American press immediately defined him ‘the wizard of shirtswear’. He pays an almost maniac attention to every detail. His shirts are the result of 52 production steps. Refined cotton, finished seams, refined collars and buttons are the brand’s strong points, which are manufactured in several workshops and sold in the brand’s own stores in the USA.

Institute Marangoni

It was the first school specialized in fashion in Milan. Established in 1935, it has graduated three generations of professionals including Franco Moschino, Domenico Dolce, and Donatella Girombelli. Every year, about 500 students — 40% of whom come from abroad — access a complete program of courses, which features fashion design, computer design, model making analysis, history of art and costume, fibers and threads, and marketing. Each study plan lasts for a few years, with the possibility to do work experience placements at some of the most important companies in the fashion sector and in style agencies. The institute’s aim is to introduce 100% of its graduates to the world of work. It also runs a specialization Masters, lasting for a year at full time.
The second headquarters of the institute opened in Fashion Street, London.
The number of enrolled students is 1,500 from 71 countries.
Institute Marangoni celebrated 70 years of business. It has trained three generations of professionals, more than 30,000 people.
The school moved to the central Via Verri in the fashion quadrilateral.
The educational offer expanded. Apart from traditional courses in fashion, the following courses were added: design, styling, accessories, business, promotion, and buying. New courses began in design: product, interior, communications, brand, and living design.


Japanese clothing company. It has 5 production plants and 13 stores for wholesale selling. It manages about a hundred brands, its own and western brands. Since 1989 the company also began to design furniture and accessories such as artificial flowers and decorations for interior decor. Established in 1950 by Kingo Tsujimura, it is currently managed by his son Koiki. It has branch offices in New York, Milan, and in the most important towns of the Far East.
The Japanese company focused its interest on new brands at reasonable prices. This strategy determined a noteworthy increase in sales. As well as the new lines, there was also the license for Jokomoda, deriving from a contract with the Spanish Sybilla. This license determined a raise of 30% in 2001. The line was renamed Jokomoda de Sybilla to strengthen the identification with the renowned Spanish brand.

Institute Ida Ferri

Established in 1927, it is located in Piazza Cairoli 2 in Rome. It is one of the most prestigious schools in the capital. In November 2002 for the 75th anniversary of high fashion, Ida Ferri, who experienced the events of almost a century of fashion, was celebrated at the Art Café with a exhibition of 300 creations, the most meaningful show of the last 4 years. The collection was particularly inspired by the circus with mini clothes for acrobats or multicolored striped asymmetric garments for clowns. During the high fashion shows in 2002, in the traditional show dedicated to the graduates of the various schools, the protagonists were once again the designs by Ida Ferri. Inspired by the Parisian fin de siècle and by the Belle Époque, it was one of the most applauded and original collections ever presented in the Roman Auditorium.


Akira. Japanese designer. From 1987 he has lived and worked in Sydney, Australia. As an emerging creator of the late millennium, he started to design T-shirts. Harper’s Bazaar wrote that his clothes are “the best vision for the eyes”. In 1999 his creations caused real hysteria episodes at Browns in London. His style has the delicacy of origami, of hand-painted silks, but not to the detriment of modernity. Some of his creations are showing at the Powerhouse, the Museum of Design in Sydney.

Industrie Confezioni Tessili

Established in 1951 by Carlo Compagno. The Venetian based company began with a small artisan’s factory, creating pants and uniforms. During the 1970s it was dedicated to the exclusive production of pants. In the early 1980s, the brothers Marzio and Roberto Compagno took over their father’s role in the company, and launched the Incotex brand. They decided to start a direct retail distribution. Today the company is specialized in the production of high-quality pants for men and women. It is the market leader with an annual production of about 600,000 pieces and a turnover of 35 million Euros in 2002 with an export quota of 48% in the USA, Japan, and Europe. In 2001 the company started growth by focusing on complementary products, similar in taste and with strong brand identity linked to a single product. The first step was the acquisition of Montedoro, an established firm in the Varese area, specialists in raincoats and casual jackets. In 2002 Alberto Biani was appointed creative director of the new woman’s division created at the beginning of the year. In 2003 it acquired the wool factory Zanone, a prestigious company in the Biella area, specialists in high quality products.


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.

Istituto Superiore della Moda

Fashion school in Naples. Its three-year courses are for aspiring designers, and aim to develop the students’ handworked skills and creativity. Every year the students are sent to companies and ateliers for industrial experience.