The Story of Valentino Garavani

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The Maison Valentino was founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. Valentino is a protagonist of international fashion, and from 2008 until 2016, has gone through an impactful creative evolution.

The Maison Valentino plays a major role in the luxury division through tradition and innovation, a necessary combination for a creative industry that generates the sense of beauty.

Valentino’s fashion is displayed through the Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter lines for women and for men and through the Valentino Garavani accessories lines that include shoes, bags, small leather goods, eyewear, scarves, ties and fragrances. An aesthetic universe, present in over 100 countries through 175 Valentino directly-operated boutiques and over 1500 points of sale.

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An aesthetic, contemporary vision and the excellence in the execution, are the guidelines of the industrial process and of the artisanal and handmade workmanship that are entirely produced in the historic Atelier of Piazza Mignanelli in Rome, where the specialized ‘Bottega Couture’ couture school, has recently opened.

The Brand Today

Valentino S.p.A. is controlled since 2012 by Mayhoola for Investments S.P.C., a holding company sustained by a group of private investors from Qatar. The acquisition has brought a rapid growth in the potential of the Valentino brand.

Valentino is amongst the leaders of international fashion to believe in the elevated added value that derives from a global vision of style, developed through collections of Haute Couture, Prêt-à-Porter, Valentino Garavani accessories, eyewear and fragrances licensed in partnership with Puig.



Valentino Haute Couture is the collection of unique dresses, that in respect of the artisanal tradition of Couture, is entirely handmade by a team of about 60 specialized seamstresses, guided by four Premières within the Atelier of Palazzo Mignanelli in Rome. Haute Couture is above all a culture of handicraft, of time and of passion.

Events as Sala Bianca 945 in New York in December 2014, or the most recent Mirabilia Romae in July 2015 in Rome have celebrated the Maison with a special Valentino Haute Couture Collection.

In 2015, in the historic headquarters of Palazzo Mignanelli, the ‘Bottega Couture’ Haute Couture School was instituted, with the goal of passing down to the new generations a manual job that is the heritage of history and of Italian savoir-faire.



The Valentino women’s and men’s Prêt-à-Porter lines denote the global aesthetics in the creations that interpret the personal style decisions towards an ideal of timeless beauty. Haute Couture is certainly a reference for perfect workmanship and craftsmanship and is translated also to the other lines: every collection expresses the beauty and elegance, the perfect execution and is produced with industrial avant-garde techniques and an elevated content of artisanal handicraft. The men’s line, launched in 2012 as a ‘special guest’ at Pitti Uomo in Florence, has retrieved the elements of traditional Italian tailoring and brought them into a variation of contemporary fashion.


Valentino Garavani is the collection dedicated to accessories. Bags, shoes, small leather goods, belts, bijoux for women and men encounter the essential characteristics of Valentino’s fashion with an aesthetic and contemporary vision, conveying the handmade details, typical of Haute Couture and the elements of high craftsmanship


Furs, soft accessories, eyewear and fragrances complete the offer.


Karlie Kloss wearing a Valentino look