Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping. ~Bo Derek
Since it launched in 1996, Acqua Di Gio has been quite a controversial bestseller. Dankey was excited to visit one of Armani's shops in Macau.
Giorgio Armani is an international Italian fashion house that designs, manufactures, distributes, and retails haute couture,ready-to wear, leather goods, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, eyewear,cosmetics, and home interiors. The brand markets these products under several, highly specialized sub-labels including Giorgio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Emporio Armani, AJ | Armani Jeans, AX | Armani Exchange, Armani Junior, and Armani/Casa. The Armani name has become synonymous with high-fashion and couture worldwide and is considered one of the most prestigious names in the fashion industry. By the end of 2005, estimated sales of the company were around $1.69 billion.
Armani's haute couture clothing line made history being the first haute couture Paris fashion show to be streamed live online. The label is strictly made to wear and only by order.
Armani is planning in collaboration with Emaar Properties a chain of luxury hotels and resorts in several big cities including Milan, Paris, New York, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Dubai and Bali. The company already operates a range of cafés worldwide, in addition to a bar, restaurant, and nightclub.
With about 2.600 employees and a network of over 550 mono-brand stores, the Ferragamo Group runs operations in Italy and worldwide, which provide the brand with a broad footprint in Europe, America and Asia.
Salvatore Ferragamo emigrated from southern Italy to Boston and then California in 1914. He opened the Hollywood Boot Shop in 1923, and made shoes for movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson, as well as for films such as Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. He returned to Italy and set up a shoe shop in Florence in 1927. However the modern shoemaking company regards 1928 as the date of its foundation and so celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2008. Salvatore filed for bankruptcy in 1933, during the Great Depression, but by 1938 he was in a position to buy the Palazzo Spini Feroni, one of the great palaces of Florence, which now houses the company's flagship store and museum.
Gucci generated circa € 4.2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2008 according to Business Week Magazine and climbed to 41st position in the magazine's annual 2009 "Top Global 100 Brands" chart created by Interbrand. Gucci is also the biggest-selling Italian brand. Gucci operates about 278 directly operated stores worldwide (as of September 2009) and it wholesales its products through franchisees and upscale department stores.