Missoni Patriarch Dies at 92
May 16, 2013,
Son Vittorio Missoni, ceo of the company, and his wife disappeared while travelling on a small plane earlier this year and were never found.
Home textiles veteran Barry Shapiro worked with the family for nearly two decades, first paying royalties to license Missoni designs for home furnishings fabrics, then importing finished home goods made in Italy for the American market. "The man himself was a great lover of life," Shapiro told HTT. "He was also a great businessman - a very quiet but a very strong businessman."
The iconic brand continues to resonate. Missoni Home was part of Bloomingdale's 2010 store debut in Dubai. In 2011, when luxury flash site retailer launched its Gilt Home business, the luxury Missoni Home collection was featured on its landing page.
Also in 2011, Target's short run collaboration with Missoni across a range of product categories, including home, was such a smash that it crashed the retailer's web site and sold out of stores within hours.
"The brand Oattavio built will be a memorial to him forever," said Shapiro.
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