Giacomo & Alfredo Canessa
IT Holding Group
One of the brands of the group Manifatture Associate Cashmere, founded in 1972, by the entrepreneurial brothers Giacomo and Alfredo Canessa. In the 1970s and 1980s it established a growing presence, particularly in Italy. From 1990 onwards, the company sought to increase its export trade by opening commercial branches in strategic markets (New York, Dï¿½sseldorf, Paris, Tokyo). At the same time, the company began to open a series of flagship stores aimed at promoting the brand's image: currently it has 17 commercial outlets in cities and holiday destinations in Europe and the United States. In 1999, the company, one of the global leaders in cashmere knitwear, was purchased by the IT Holding Group. Since then the line has branched out from solely preppy knits and bomber jackets into a full-fledged women and menï¿½s ready-to-wear label, which earns over $70 million in sales annually.
In December 2002 the company had two factories in Florence and Piacenza and a network of 26 own-brand stores.
In May 2003 Malo designed a line of sunglasses (two models, for men and women) at Mido. It was produced by Allison, also part of the IT Holding Group.
In 2003 the stylist Gianni Bugli, who had previously collaborated with Lacroix, Kenzo, and Versace, joined the knitwear group.
From Fall-Winter 2005/2006, Fabio Pinas, after five years experience with Brioni, became the company's new creative director.
Designer Alessandro Dellï¿½Acqua has helmed the line since 2008.
Malo is 100 per cent made in Italy ï¿½ ensuring the finest, integral quality, a superb sensuality and natural style.
The company changed hands in October 2010 - the new owners, experts in the luxury field are sculpting the new vision for Malo redefining the exclusive high quality roots for our era.
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