Paolo Trento and Pietro Mannato
Mariella Burani Fashion Group
The Finduck group, which operates in the leatherwear and accessories sector with Mandarina Duck brand, directly employs 600 people and over 1100 others work for allied industries. In 2004 it manufactured more than one million pieces.
The headquarters are based in Bologna, with branches in Paris, Barcelona, Dusseldorf and London. Mandarina Duck also has distribution agreements in South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan.
In 2004 Finduck opened 9 new stores, 7 of which are situated outside Italy, which brings the total number of monobrand stores in Europe to over 80, a number which is destined to rise thanks to a plan for further expansi on of the franchising project. The company's distribution network is completed by a chain of multibrand stores, approximately 1000, which are home to 200 Mandarina Duck "corners" and a significant presence in major deparment stores.
Childhood friends Paolo Trento and Pietro Mannato founded the company in 1968 and created Mandarina Duck in 1977. The first collection, Utility, burst onto the scene with its strong colour and changed the rules in the rather sad and stagnant fashion accessory market.
A travel line, Tank, was launched in 1981. The Mandarina style continued to be creative and original, using avant-garde materials, such as tough Cordura and light Eva. Finally, a brand had arrived that combined design and function, and the new urban classes had finally found a product that best represented them.
Hera came out in 1988. Elegant and functional, it was Mandarinaï¿½s first leather line. The innovation continued in 1989 with MD20. Dynamic and informal, this line is made of Mitrix, an iridescent fabric made of nylon and polyester weaved together to produce a 3D effect.
In 1999 Work was added to the Mandarina Duck range. This reliable and elegant line is designed for business and travel. And Frog came along in 2000, a lightweight but highly functional product.
In 2004 ISI completed the range with an informal travel style.
MANDARINA, a new concept of bag, was also launched in 2004, with immediate success: 200.000 pieces sold the first year.
Work is the work-travel system that includes briefcases and suitcases.
The line is made using innovative materials, made by combining two fabrics with soft-touch effect and subjected to special treatments with polyurethane resins that guarantee Work durability and impermeability.
In 2002 Mandarina Duck decided to try its hand in other sectors and with other products. The experiment began with watches and eyewear: the public liked it and Mandarina continued to deviate in 2004 with its cosmetics line, and with products and fragrances that communicate the brand name and represent its style. These products are distributed in Mandarina outlets and high-end perfume stores.
The first monobrand store opened in 1983, a place where the Mandarina philosophy could be centred. Since then, Mandarina Duck has constantly innovated in-store display areas involving renowned architects and designers such as: Michele De Lucchi, Angelo Michell, Droog Design, Marcel Wanders, Micheal Young.