MILAN — Brunello Cucinelli’s press convention on Wednesday couldn’t have come at a greater time for the entrepreneur, because it was the morning after the Italian staff beat Spain within the semifinals of the Euro Cup 2020.
The win was one more reason for Cucinelli to tout the restart of Italy and he segued into praising the nation’s craftsmanship, manufacturing prowess and resilience, in addition to its chief, Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who in his eyes embodies “the best qualities of the country — he is polite and moderate, with a Benedictine rigor.”
The entrepreneur touted Italy’s “culture of beauty, not war,” and, in true Cucinelli fashion, he peppered his speech with quotes from Bertolt Brecht, Alexander the Great and Saint Benedict of Nursia earlier than revealing two new initiatives: the launch of his namesake model’s first eyewear assortment in a collaboration with Oliver Peoples, and an extra mission linked to the medieval Solomeo village, which he has restored through the years and that serves because the headquarters of his firm.
Details of the latter might be introduced in October on the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, however Cucinelli stated it is going to take three to 4 years to be accomplished. In 2018, Cucinelli introduced one other chapter of the restoration of Solomeo, the “Hamlet of the Spirit,” as it’s dubbed, which included the restoration of 173 acres of land, tearing down six outdated industrial buildings and planting vineyards, olive bushes, sunflowers and wheat, amongst different issues.
“It represents my soul and my dream, and will live on for a thousand years,” he stated cryptically of the event, which might be supported by the Fondazione Brunello and Federica Cucinelli, and never by the publicly listed firm he helms.
Referring to the IPO that befell in 2012, Cucinelli famous that the corporate has been rising at a median 12 p.c clip, besides final yr when it posted a ten p.c lower as a result of pandemic. In April, he stated he anticipated progress between 15 and 20 p.c in 2021, and on Wednesday he pointed to a 20 p.c achieve in revenues in 2021.
The market reacted properly to the information and on the finish of buying and selling the corporate’s shares closed up 2.75 p.c at 52.35 euros.
Cucinelli outlined the eyewear assortment as a primary capsule, “a small and exclusive project of the highest elegance and craftsmanship.” It will not be a license, however a co-branded, long-term collaboration, he defined. This alternative is consistent with Cucinelli’s long-held perception in regular, sustainable progress of his firm, avoiding any form of mass advertising and marketing initiatives.
Rocco Basilico, chief government officer of Oliver Peoples, underscored the shared values between the 2 firms and the “meeting of people and talents,” with the objective to create “special and innovative products for the capsule which is the beginning of a new chapter.” While Oliver Peoples relies in Los Angeles, the Cucinelli eyewear fashions are produced in Italy.
Oliver Peoples was based in 1987 and was acquired by the Luxottica Group in 2007 as a part of Oakley. Revenues of Oliver Peoples quantity to 90 million euros, stated Basilico.
Cucinelli, confessing his long-held ardour for Ray-Bans, expressed nice respect for Luxottica’s founder Leonardo Del Vecchio, “a self-made man, a point of reference,” with whom he shares “a love for the territory.”
The assortment might be out there ranging from the tip of September in Cucinelli boutiques, and the 45 present Oliver Peoples shops in addition to on-line and at specialised multibrand shops for a complete of about 1,500 factors of sale.
The capsule contains 5 fashions, each optical and solar, impressed by Solomeo, and they’re thought of genderless. While the designs weren’t introduced through the press convention, Cucinelli whipped out his personal tortoise prototype in a honey shade.
Retail costs vary from 350 euros to 1,000 euros. In steel and acetate, the lenses are made by Barberini, managed by Luxottica since 2018, and designs can even embrace treasured supplies akin to gold and engraved particulars.