GAME PLANS: Giorgio Armani’s remarks after his Emporio show on Thursday spanned from the unsurprising — yes, he is dressing George Clooney for his wedding in Venice — to the ponderous: No, he hasn’t decided on the future of his company yet. And, thrown in there — yes, he is in favor of Scotland’s independence.
Asked about Giorgio Armani Corp. being a potential acquisition target, “My name always pops up but it’s because my situation is curious and unique. I myself am curious,” he said with a laugh. As for any succession plan, he replied: “I don’t have a clear idea. It’s flattering, but in the end this is a small family and there is a group of people that are like family. The company is a family one. I don’t know if there will be a corresponding [situation after me]. The company needs a ‘libero’ [the Italian word that in soccer defines a player that can manage different roles], not a fund. I can make mistakes, but when I say, ‘No,’ it’s no and when I say, ‘Yes,’ it’s yes.”
Could there be an alliance with a luxury player from another category of business, such as with Ferrari, for example? Armani noted there had been no contact with anyone from that brand’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Despite the sociopolitical unrest and uncertainties, Armani said that he projected a 6 percent growth in company sales in 2014 compared with 2013.