By  on June 27, 2007

Fashion history is packed with tales of designers clashing with their corporate backers. Think Tom Ford, Jil Sander and Hedi Slimane, to name just a few.

Valentino's first tangle with the financial world came in 1969, when he sold his company to Kenton Corp., the onetime owner of Cartier, Kenneth Jay Lane and furriers Ben Kahn and Georges Kaplan.

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