MILAN — Giannino Marzotto, heir to the Marzotto textile dynasty, died on Saturday after battling cancer. He was 84. A funeral service will be held today in Trissino, Italy, near Valdagno, where the Marzotto group is based.
Marzotto, a count, was the son of Gaetano Marzotto, who shaped the family company into one of Italy’s preeminent textile manufacturers. He worked for more than two decades at the family-owned company, and left his role as chairman in 1969, succeeded by his brother Pietro. He remained a shareholder and was actively involved in the business. Charity activities and giving back became priorities for Marzotto, just as they were for his father, to whom he was very close. Last year, marking the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, he created a Gaetano Marzotto Award to help support future entrepreneurs.
“He looked ahead and always strived to help young people,” said his nephew Matteo Marzotto. “He was a great man, one of the few in an age of big changes that was always true to himself. He was never jealous and always positive. He was a visionary in the best sense of the term and an inspiration; he taught me a lot,” said Marzotto, who has been spearheading the revamp of Vionnet and was formerly president of Valentino.
The two Marzottos shared similar passions, such as that for speed and sports. Giannino Marzotto twice won the legendary Mille Miglia race driving a Ferrari in the Fifties and was an airplane pilot. “He was not a man of many words, but was consistently present and always attributed great value to our history. This always impressed me, at a time when it’s easy to forget where you come from. He was very intelligent and intuitive, but perhaps reaped less than he sowed,” concluded Matteo, who is the son of Giannino’s brother, Umberto Marzotto.
Armando Branchini, deputy chairman of Milan-based consultancy InterCorporate, described Giannino Marzotto as “a great innovator and entrepreneur, who raised the technology bar in the textile industry.” Branchini remembered how Marzotto discovered an “extraordinary” stain-resistant fabric technology in the Sixties, and how he established one of Europe’s “most impressive” fur companies in Torviscosa, Italy.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye