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1957-64: Giorgio Armani works as a buyer for La Rinascente department stores.

1964-70: Giorgio Armani works as a designer for Hitman, Nino Cerruti’s men’s wear line.

1970: Giorgio Armani works as a freelance fashion designer.

1975: Giorgio Armani and Sergio Galeotti found Giorgio Armani SpA on July 24.

1978: Establishes License agreement with GFT (Gruppo Finanziario Tessile).

1979: Establishes Giorgio Armani Corp. USA.

1980: Signs beauty licensing agreement with L’Oréal.

1981: Opens the first Emporio Armani store (Milan).

1982: Giorgio Armani becomes the first fashion designer after Christian Dior to appear on the cover of Time magazine.

1982: First Giorgio Armani boutique opens (Milan).

1986: Opens first Armani Junior store (Milan).

1987: Establishes a joint venture in Japan.

1988: Signs license agreement with Luxottica Group SpA.

1989: First Emporio Armani Express restaurant opens in London.

1989: Initial acquisition of Simint SpA.

1990: Acquires share control in Antinea Srl.

1990: Initial acquisition of Intai SpA.

1991: Opens first A|X Armani Exchange store (SoHo, New York).

1996: Acquires share control in Simint.

1997: Opens first Giorgio Armani Collezioni stores (Milan, London, Tokyo).

1997: Opens first Armani Jeans store (Rome).

1998: Acquires share control in Intai SpA.

1999: Creates new Accessories Division.

1999: Starts e-commerce with armaniexchange.com in the U.S.

2000: Acquires manufacturing facilities of Armani Collezioni men’s line and control of sales and distribution of the Armani Collezioni and Mani labels in the United States.

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2000: Launches Giorgio Armani global Web site, including giorgioarmani.com, armanicollezioni.com, emporioarmani.com, armanijeans.com, armaniexchange.com, armaniparfums.com, armanipress.com.

2000: Establishes a joint venture with the Zegna Group (51 percent Armani, 49 percent Zegna) for the production and distribution of the Armani Collezioni men’s line.

2000: Opens first Armani Casa store (Milan).

2000: Opens Armani /Via Manzoni 31, including Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Armani Casa, Sony Gallery, Parfums, Emporio Armani Caffé, Nobu, Arte, Fiori, Libri.

2001: Establishes a joint venture company with Vestimenta SpA for the production and distribution of the men’s and women’s Giorgio Armani lines.

2001: Opens first Giorgio Armani Accessori store (Milan).

2001: Presents the new Armani/Teatro in Milan designed by architect Tadao Ando.

2001: Successfully completes acquisition of apparel manufacturer Simint.

2002: Starts e-commerce with Emporio Armani watches with giorgioarmani.com in the U.S.

2002: Completes acquisition of Reggio Emilia-based knitwear manufacturer, Deanna SpA.

2002: Acquires share control of Guardi SpA, a factory specializing in the production of women’s and men’s shoes.

2002: Opens Armani/Chater House, Hong Kong, including Emporio Armani, AJ|Armani Jeans, Emporio Armani Caffé, Armani Libri, Armani Fiori and Giorgio Armani Cosmetics areas.

2003: The Armani Group awards Safilo SpA a multiyear license for the worldwide production and distribution of its Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani eyewear collections.

2003: Opens Armani/Privé (Milan), an exclusive lounge bar created within Armani/Manzoni 31 store.

2003: Opens Armani/Funf Hofe in Munich, the third multibrand store including Emporio Armani, AJ/Armani Jeans, Emporio Armani Caffé, Armani Armani Fiori Libri, Armani Dolci and Giorgio Armani Cosmetics areas.

2004: The Armani Group awards Wolford AG, a multiyear license for the worldwide production and distribution of a new line of Giorgio Armani hosiery and bodywear.

2004: Giorgio Armani SpA and EMAAR Properties PJSC sign a letter of intent
to establish a worldwide collection of Armani luxury hotels and resorts.

2004: Opens Armani/Three on the Bund in Shanghai, the fourth multibrand store including Giorgio Armani boutique, Emporio Armani, Emporio Armani Caffé, Armani Fiori and Armani Dolci areas.

2005: Debut of Armani Privé couture collection in Paris.

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