MILAN — After a two-year hiatus, Ruffo owner Giacomo Corsi is relaunching the brand, as well as the Ruffo Research experimental line.
With new management in place, Corsi is finalizing an agreement with a designer who will be in charge of the Ruffo Research line, while Ruffo will be designed by an in-house team. Corsi also plans to reopen the brand’s shuttered Milan boutique off Via Montenapoleone.
Ruffo in the past has supplied leatherwear to designers such as Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli, but was hit hard by low-cost competition and outsourcing.
Ruffo Research was introduced in 1998 and suspended in 2003 because of difficult market conditions. The collections were created by different designers every year. The last was Haider Ackermann, who followed Alexander Mathieu, Sophia Kokosalaki, Veronique Branquinho and Raf Simons. In spring 2004, Corsi said he was relaunching Ruffo Research with Riccardo Tisci, but the project fell through two months into the relationship when Corsi suspended the collection.
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