name = Fendi S.r.l.
type = Subsidiary of public company
foundation = 1918 (Rome)
location_city = Rome
location_country = Italy
locations = 117 stores worldwide (2005)
industry = Fashion
products = Leather and other luxury goods
net_income = Loss of €35m (estimate for 2005)
owner = LVMH
homepage = [http://www.fendi.com/ www.fendi.com]
intl = yes
Fendi is an Italian fashion house best known for its "baguette"
handbags. It was launched in 1925 as a fur and leather shop in Rome, but today is a multinational luxury goods brand owned by LVMH. Karl Lagerfeldis the creative director.
Fendi originated in 1918 when
Adele Casagrandeopened a leatherand furshop in Via del Plebiscito in central Rome. When Adele married Edoardo Fendi in 1925, they made a decision to change the name to Fendi. The business prospered, and a new shop was opened in Via Piave in 1932. By 1946, Paola, the eldest of the couple's five daughters, went to work for the firm at age 15, followed by her sisters Carla, Anna, Franca, and Alda. In time, each of the daughters inherited 20% of the company.Citation | last =Menkes | first =Suzy | author-link =Suzy Menkes | publication-date =1999-10-13 | date = | year = | title =Prada and LVMH Join Forces to Buy Italian Fashion House Fendi | periodical =International Herald Tribune | publication-place = | place =Paris | pages = | url =http://www.iht.com/articles/1999/10/13/fendi.2.t.php | issn = | doi = | oclc = | accessdate =2008-04-27]
. Other outlets soon followed, and today, Fendi is largely represented through high-end department stores.
In 1969, Fendi presented its first ready-to-wear fur collection at
Palazzo Pittiin Florence, bringing continuously evolving techniques and imaginative designs to lower-priced furs without sacrificing quality. When the sisters could not find the fabric clothes they wanted to show under the furs their ready-to-wear line was born, again to great success. In 1999 the sisters sold out to LVMH and Prada for an estimated US$850m, trumping a bid from Gucci of a rumoured US$700m. LVMH have since bought out Prada and are investing heavily in the brand, expanding the network of boutiques to 117 as of 2005.
On October 19, 2007, the world was blown away with Fendi's fashion show on the Great Wall. Showcasing Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini's latest fashions and specially designed outfits for the Great Wall event, 88 models from Asia and across the world descended down a catwalk of more than 85 meters and showcased eastern and western looks from Fendi’s Spring / Summer '08 collection to more than 500 guests, media and VIPS – including Thandie Newton, Kate Bosworth and Zhang Ziyi.
The Double F Symbol
Commonly referred to as the "Zucca" print in its original form and "Zucchino" in its smaller style, Fendi's iconic "double F" logo pattern was first designed by Karl Lagerfeld in the 1960s. It has been used on a variety of Fendi products, including handbags, wallets, luggage, shoes, and apparel.
Kanye Westonce appeared at a party with the logo shaved into his head.
In June 2006,
Wal-Martwas accused of selling fakes in its membership-only Sam's Clubstores. The suit filed by Fendi in June 2006 against Wal-Mart was settled in June 2007 when Walmart agreed to pay Fendi an undisclosed sum in exchange for Fendi's dismissal of the case.
This "young" line (akin to
Prada's Miu Miuline) was formed by Karl Lagerfeld in 1962 in cooperation with input from the five daughters.
Fendi's newest brand offering a wide variety of home furnishings. Furniture, sofas, armchairs, poufs, chaise-longues, consoles, day-beds: items of everyday life seen, interpreted, and lived with the typical Fendi style and culture.Above all this there is one common denominator: the home seen once more as the heart of a lifestyle, small pieces of furniture acting as a support for the most immediate and practical needs and more significant pieces to be personalised according to the taste. Great attention is paid to the past while tending towards the future, with considerable concern for evolution in modern design, which is interpreted, enjoyed and shared in the spirit of today’s culture. And so we find objects for the home distinguished first of all – as is the entire creation of Fendi - for their fine quality: great care and attention in the choice of fabrics and their combinations, and in the 'mix' of materials which creates new forms. All this together with the craftsmanship and attention to detail, the careful working and hand finishing, the personality which is an integral part of Fendi style. And last but not least, that creativity and imaginativeness which come from research and experiment, a mood which extends from fashion to design through the creation of personalised and personalising objects.
Fendi Casa, as with all Fendi lines, signifies high class style. The line furnishes
condominiumsin high end buildings, like Trump Soho, the Carlyle Residancesand Skygardens Luxury Residential Projectin Dubai.
This includes all of Fendi's clothing sold off-the-rack at department stores such as
Saks Fifth Avenueand Neiman Marcus.
Fendi's internationally renowned line of fur helps to differentiate the brand from its competitors as one of the few designers with a full range of fur offerings.
Naomi Campbellwas fired from her position as a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animalsspokesperson in 1997 for wearing fur at a Fendi fashion show.
Fendi launched its first perfume, Fendi for Women, in 1985. The line has been expanded to Theorema Uomo and Fendi Uomo (for men) and Celebration and Fantasia (for women).
Fendi's eyewear line currently includes prescription eyeglasses and
sunglassesin addition to non-prescription sunglasses.
Fendi currently licenses out their name for their
watches, which feature Swiss movements.
Fendi licensed their name and logo to Cross Pens in 1989 but by 2000 this deal appeared to have lapsed.
In popular culture
Fendi is mentioned in the song
My Humpsby the Black Eyed Peas. Fendi is also mentioned in the hit Jeffree Starsong, " Plastic Surgery Slumber Party". Also mentioned on Nelly's hip-hop song "E.I." from his Country Grammer album. The company's accessories are now found on the arm of many stars and signature bags such as the Spy, buckled B-bag, and embellished bucket bag are often in high demand sometimes creating long waiting lists. Also fendi is mentioned in the song " Big Things Poppin' Freestyle" by Swizz Beats.
North American Fendi Boutiques
*Aspen- 208 S. Mill Street
Bal Harbour- Bal Harbour Shops
Beverly Hills- 355 N. Rodeo Drive
Costa Mesa- South Coast Plaza
Honolulu- Ala Moana Center
*Honolulu- [http://www.shopwaikiki.com Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center]
Houston- The Galleria
*Las Vegas- Bellagio
The Forum Shops at Caesars
Manhasset- Americana Manhasset
Nassau, Bahamas- Bay Street
New York- 677 Fifth Avenue
Short Hills- The Mall at Short Hills
Wailea- [http://www.shopsatwailea.com The Shops at Wailea]
Notes and references
* [http://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/Fame/2007-9-4_Fame_Interviews_Fendi+fever.htm Harpers Bazaar] Interview with Fendi designer Silvia Venturini
* [http://www.style.com/fashionshows/designerdirectory/FENDI/seasons/ Fendi in Vogue's Style.com Designer Directory]
* [http://www.fendi.it Official Homepage]
* [http://www.fashion-forum.org/fashion-brands/fendi.html www.fashion-forum.org] Fendi - History
* [http://www.kissfendi.com Big Fendi Fan]
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