Andrea Lardini, president of high-end fashion company Lardini, received an honorary degree in engineering management on Wednesday from the Università Politecnica delle Marche, a university in Ancona, on Italy’s central east coast.

Dean Sauro Longhi and professor Maurizio Bevilacqua presented the degree to Lardini, who gave a lecture titled: “From the Marche a successful Made in Italy, built on creativity, determination and courage.”

Lardini was recognized for his commitment to and passion for his family company; he had previously abandoned an engineering management course after two years of study to focus on the Lardini business.

Lardini, based outside Ancona, has produced garments for a range of luxury firms, such as Burberry, Brooks Brothers and Etro, and also manufactures a namesake men’s wear line, which debuted in 2013. The company produces an estimated 1,700 garments daily, employing 400 people directly and 700 indirectly.

Last year, Lardini’s turnover was 60 million euros, or about $79.7 million at average exchange.

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