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  1. April 18, 2014

    With a view to improvement

    Easter weekend started a little earlier than expected this year – by almost 10 days. After two days in Milan at its...

  2. April 18, 2014

    Obituary: Inquisitor who paved the path to a new Italy

    In the new age of Matteo Renzi, Italy’s youngest and least ideological prime minister, when headlines are dominated by tax...

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  1. April 17, 2014

    Telecom Italia shakes up board

    Telecom Italia has voted in an independent board to oversee the next stage in the recovery of the heavily indebted group,...

  2. April 15, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi faces community service for tax fraud

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister, is to serve his one-year sentence for tax fraud by performing community...

  3. April 14, 2014

    Telecom Italia to draw line under turbulent past with new board

    Telecom Italia will draw a line under a long period of managerial and financial turbulence with the most independent board...

  4. April 11, 2014

    Furniture movers and shakers

    You can hear them long before you see them. You know they’re coming because the ground starts to rumble underfoot. As they...

  5. April 10, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi looks set to be spared prison cell

    The day his supporters called the “death of democracy” arrived on Thursday as a Milan court convened to consider how Silvio...

  6. March 28, 2014

    The enduring appeal of Italian menswear

    I was there at the beginning, when Italian men’s fashion started its soft-shoe shuffle towards world domination. I had just...

  7. March 27, 2014

    H&M hit by higher spending on online

    Hennes & Mauritz disappointed investors by falling short of expectations for first-quarter earnings, although the Swedish...

  8. March 26, 2014

    Pomellato buyout boosts cult jewellery brand for independent women

    A big trend in recent years in fine jewellery has been consolidation, as conglomerates have bought up independent brands....

  9. March 26, 2014

    Matteo Marzotto reveals his plans to revitalise his country’s gold industry

    The quiet Milan street that is home to Matteo Marzotto, the Italian luxury and fashion tycoon, gives no indication of the...

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    March 21, 2014

    Step aside Yuppies, make way for the Yummy

    The 1980′s gave us the Yuppies – Young Upwardly Mobile Professionals – who would wear bright v-neck sweaters with stiff...

  11. Material World

    March 21, 2014

    Why YUMMY -Young, Urban and Male - is the latest hot luxury acronym

    ACRONYM GLOSSARY: YUPPIE – ‘Young urban professional’ HENRYs – ‘High-earning not rich yet’ individuals DINKs – ‘Dual-income,...

  12. March 16, 2014

    UniCredit aims to sell or float Pioneer Investments arm

    UniCredit aims to sell or float its Pioneer Investments asset management business with a valuation of about €2bn-€3bn as...

  13. Material World

    March 13, 2014

    Learning from the LVMH prize, aka the Miss Universe of fashion

      Getty Images And lo, the LVMH young designer prize finalists are out! It’s been a big week for prize announcements, what...

  14. March 7, 2014

    Life at the top: upmarket homes with roof gardens

    Casco Antiguo, Palma, Mallorca, €4.8m Where Overlooking Palma Cathedral in the centre of the capital of the largest Balearic...

  15. Material World

    February 28, 2014

    Hollywood vs Beijing celebs: who's got the power?

    This Sunday is the Oscars, which as we all know is the be-all and end-all of red carpet dressing, and may explain the...

  16. February 27, 2014

    Blackstone agrees to take 20% stake in Versace

    Blackstone has agreed to inject cash into Italian luxury designer Versace to help the family-owned company boost its...

  17. February 26, 2014

    Blackstone nears deal to buy into Versace

    US buyout house Blackstone is nearing agreement to buy a minority stake in Italian luxury group Versace, in a move...

  18. February 24, 2014

    Permira seeks out deals in Italian fashion

    Permira almost lost its shirt after buying luxury group Valentino on the eve of the global financial crisis. Though this...

  19. Material World

    February 24, 2014

    LVMH confirms stake in young designer Marco de Vincenzo

      Getty Images So LVMH has confirmed it has taken a minority stake in Young Italian Designer (we will not acronym that for...

  20. February 23, 2014

    Marras and Marni serve up a travelogue of ideas and craft

    Of course, not every brand that showed in Milan over the weekend was choosing between sex and solemnity; there is, in...

  21. February 20, 2014

    Milan Fashion Week: In the grip of a youthquake

    Youth is having a bit of a moment in Italy these days, thanks in part to the country’s new 39-year-old prime...

  22. February 20, 2014

    English advertising executive gives Italy fashion a makeover

    As Milan Fashion Week gets under way, alongside the latest looks there is another novelty: Jane Reeve, the first chief...

  23. February 17, 2014

    Il Baretto al Baglioni, Milan

    Where: Carlton Hotel Baglioni, Via Senato, Milan WiFi: No Plug sockets: No Expresso: €3 Open: 12.30-3pm and 7.45pm-11pm for...

  24. February 17, 2014

    Vespa and Coty promote road scents

    Vespa, the cheeky Italian scooter brand, is set to unveil an innovative model. But instead of giving its owner a ride, the...

  25. February 14, 2014

    Wool is now a yarn for all seasons

    Spring is approaching but wool, it seems, is fast becoming a yarn for all seasons – a fact embraced by men for whom frequent...

  26. February 11, 2014

    Saipem swings into loss for 2013

    Saipem, the Italian oil services group controlled by Eni, disappointed investors again on reduced fourth-quarter profits as...

  27. February 11, 2014

    Tages Capital and La Française to merge fund of hedge fund units

    Two continental Europe-focused investment managers, Tages Capital and La Française, are to merge their fund of hedge fund...

  28. Material World

    February 10, 2014

    The New York fashion week rise of the shoe star show

    Vanessa Friedman It was probably inevitable after the rise of the multi-thousand-square-foot shoe department (Macy’s: 63,000...

  29. February 6, 2014

    Paris gets second MBA in luxury management

    The European market for programmes in luxury goods management is hotting up with the launch by Sup de Luxe Paris of an MBA...

  30. Material World

    February 6, 2014

    Hard truths this New York fashion week

    It’s time to call a spade a spade. Or a duffle a coat. Or something. As New York fashion week kicks off fashion month on...

  31. January 28, 2014

    Permira in talks to buy controlling stake in Roberto Cavalli

    Buyout house Permira is in talks to buy a controlling stake in Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, in the latest sign of...

  32. Material World

    January 24, 2014

    Couture becomes the great Oscar dress hunt

    And so couture comes to an end. I could tell you it was all about lightening up, or the new names on the schedule, or the...

  33. January 19, 2014

    King of cashmere Cucinelli finds trend for menswear is right fit

    Brunello Cucinelli, Italy’s self-styled king of cashmere and creator of a luxury casual wear empire worth €1.6bn, is looking...

  34. January 17, 2014

    Interview: Carlo Ancelotti

    “I have a lot of power,” grins Carlo Ancelotti, manager of Real Madrid. “Here I can decide: training at six in the morning!...

  35. Material World

    January 15, 2014

    François-Henri Pinault puts his money where his mobile is via Square

    Getty Images There’s an interesting note on François-Henri Pinault’s official bio page on the Kering website.Aafter a the...

  36. December 23, 2013

    Ratmansky evening, Teatro alla Scala, Milan – review

    All audiences want for Christmas may be The Nutcracker , but this December’s ballet event came in the form of a rare...

  37. December 20, 2013

    Pisacco, Dry, Ristorante Berton, Magna Pars, Al Pont de Ferr, Milan

    A message came recently from an Italian friend of mine, a proud Florentine who for years has spent his working weeks in...

  38. December 16, 2013

    Moncler shares ski-jump 50% on Milan debut

    Moncler, a skiwear maker that specialises in €1,000 jackets, pulled off the most successful European stock market debut of...

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