Frame of the Week
These Armani sunglasses are this week’s frame of the week. Our optician, Germaine, recently picked these out for himself, so he’s all ready for summer! Come by our clinic to see our great selection of designer frames and sunglasses. Tune in for next week’s frame of the week!
Designer Giorgio Armani was born on July 11, 1934, in Piacenza, Italy. He has become one of the most popular names in fashion. He first launched his business empire in the mid-1970s, and it has grown substantially over the years. The Armani brand now includes makeup, housewares, books and hotels.
After completing his military service, Armani dropped out of university and went to work at La Rinascente, a famous Milan department store. He then joined the staff of Nino Cerruti as a designer. With the encouragement of his friend Sergio Galeotti, Armani started to do freelance design work for other companies as well.
Armani and Galeotti became business partners, founding Giorgio Armani S.p.A. in July 1975. The company’s first collection—a men’s clothing line—debuted that year. Armani launched a women’s collection the following year, which received a warm reception. His clothes were revolutionary at the time, introducing a more natural fit and using a subtle color palette.
While his designs were popular in Europe, Armani didn’t make a big hit in America until 1980. His clothes were worn by actor Richard Gere in the film American Gigolo (1980), which helped generate a lot of interest in Armani. He also provided much of the wardrobe for the hit television series Miami Vice (1984-89), starring Don Johnson. Soon, many top Hollywood stars started wearing Armani on the red carpet, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Jodie Foster and John Travolta, among others.
To learn more about Armani check out this link: http://www.biography.com/people/giorgio-armani-9188652#early-designs