MILAN — Despite Italy’s current political instability and market volatility, iconic notebook brand Moleskine has pushed forward with its public listing, making its debut on the Milan Stock Exchange on Wednesday in what many here view as a barometer for other potential initial public offerings.
Moleskine is the first company to go public here after Brunello Cucinelli SpA in April last year. Moncler shelved its IPO in summer 2011, but chairman and chief executive officer Remo Ruffini has repeatedly said that a listing remains the company’s goal — an objective confirmed last month as parent company investment firm Eurazeo identified this as the most likely exit method either at the end of this year or in early 2014. Pianoforte Holding — which comprises fast-fashion accessories brand Carpisa, innerwear and beachwear brand Yamamay and swimwear brand Jaked — may list its shares in 2015. Men’s wear group Stefano Ricci is also eyeing a stock-market flotation down the road, as was Pomellato until rumors about Kering (formerly known as PPR) taking a stake in the Italian jewelry firm became more insistent.
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