Meet Mr. Brunello Cucinelli, the man who embodies the looks he creates on the mannequins. 9 out of 10 you see him pose with his hands in his pockets just like he dress his mannequins windows of his stores, showrooms and Pitti Uomo, but who is he?
Brunello Cucinelli (born 3 September 1953 at Castel Rigone) is an Italian fashion designer and eponymous chief executive of his brand, Brunelli Cucinelli. Cucinelli grew up in a rural agricultural community outside of Perugia. His childhood home had no electricity or running water. Cucinelli dropped out of engineering school at age 24, choosing instead to read philosophical texts on his own. Cucinelli's first product was cashmere sweaters which he dyed in bright colors. He founded Brunello Cucinelli SpA in 1978 with the Italian lira equivalent of about $550, after the initial public offering of Brunello Cucinelli SpA his personal net worth exceeded $1 billion. He donates up to 20% of his profits through the Brunello Cucinelli Foundation.