Founded by Alfredo Corneliani in 1958

Designer Biography Alfredo Corneliani

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Alfredo Corneliani, a pioneer in mens’ fashion in Italy, set up a small manufacture of menswear in the 30’s that got to 300 employees before the WW2 interruption.

His sons, Claudio and Carlalberto founded the Corneliani SpA in 1958, giving it a dimension, an identity and such high standards it became one of the world’s most important menswear brands.

Initially producing only their products from their factory in Mantua, the company expanded in 1980 by acquiring Abital of Verona, which had a factory in Verona.

In 1979 the brand opened its New York sales office while in 1997 Corneliani’s flagship store opened on Via Monte Napoleone in Milan.

During the 1990s the company created two new production units in Europe for the manufacture of the second lines.

The company acquired the licence to produce and distribute Ralph Lauren’s Blue label products in 1998. This acquisition helped to expand their presence in the U.S market.  The company now has boutiques across the world including London, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai, Tokyo and New Delhi.

The fusion of the company’s rich heritage and tradition with cutting-edge technology has yielded impeccably crafted and customized designs. These designs seamlessly blend a masculine aesthetic with refined elements, a characteristic that is evident in all three company brands: Corneliani, Trend Corneliani, and CC Collection Corneliani.

The brand has received prestigious accolades, including the Leonardo Quality Award presented by the President of the Republic in 2005. In 2008, there was a special exhibition in Florence and the publication of a monograph to commemorate the brand’s 50th anniversary. Additionally, the brand had the honour of being a special guest at Pitti Uomo in 2010.

In 2016, Investcorp, a renowned private equity firm with a proven track record of successful investments, acquired a majority stake in the company. This strategic partnership was established to further propel the brand’s global expansion and drive its ongoing growth.

Corneliani Biography

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Written by Saxony Dudbridge

Saxony Dudbridge was one of the first contributors to the Catwalk Yourself project, Saxony studies International Fashion Marketing and she is responsible for our great History and Designers Biographies sections.

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