MILAN – Angelo Zegna, son of the Ermenegildo Zegna firm’s founder and father to the posh model’s present chief government officer Gildo Zegna, died at age 97 on Aug. 19.
Angelo Zegna was a forward-looking entrepreneur who took the reins of the textile maker within the Nineteen Sixties alongside along with his brother Aldo, spearheading the Italian luxurious firm’s debut in ready-to-wear, in addition to setting the inspiration for the model’s worldwide growth.
Born in Trivero in 1924, Angelo Zegna was a formidable man with acute enterprise acumen, which he inherited from his father Ermenegildo. During World War II, he was despatched to the battlefront, an expertise that additional solid his disposition and dedication to the household firm when he returned. He joined the enterprise early on, usually stopping by the woolen mill established by his father of their hometown within the Piedmont area, surrounded by the luxurious foothills of the Italian Alps.
Despite his bond along with his place of birth and the Biella, Italy, textile district the place the Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna was established by his father, Angelo Zegna set his ambitions larger. He studied economics at college and will fluently converse English and German.
After World War II ended, he flanked his father within the enterprise actions, taking the helm of the household firm in 1966 along with his brother Aldo. The first to consider within the nice potential of a full males’s put on providing, he spearheaded the opening on a brand new rtw manufacturing hub in Novara, Italy, 46 miles southeast of the Trivero mill. He capitalized on its textile experience, which helped flip the Ermenegildo Zegna firm into the boys’s put on powerhouse it’s right this moment. The entrepreneur additionally masterminded the debut of a bespoke service, with the opening of a devoted manufacturing hub in Switzerland.
In 2007, Angelo Zegna retired from the household firm, handing down government powers to his son Gildo, named CEO, and nephew Paolo, son of his brother Aldo, who took on the position of president, which had been held by Angelo till then.
He is survived by his sons Gildo, Elisabetta, Benedetta and Anna.
A non-public funeral is to be held right this moment in Trivero.