Missoni Patriarch Dies At 92
Friday, May 10, 2013
Before he was a fashion mogul, Ottavio Missoni ran track in the 1948 Olympics. That's where he met his wife, whose family owned a textile mill in northern Italy. The Missoni brand grew to prominence in the late 60s with laid-back knit wear covered in rainbow, zigzag patterns.
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Our last word in business today is a tribute to a father of Italian high fashion. Ottavio Missoni died yesterday at age 92.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Now before he was a fashion mogul, he ran track in the 1948 Olympics - which is where he met his wife, whose family owned a textile mill in northern Italy.
GREENE: And the rest is history. The Missoni brand grew to prominence in the late '60s, with laid-back knitwear covered in rainbow, zigzag patterns. Over the decades, it became a full-fledged, luxury brand empire with fragrances, footwear, even hotels.
INSKEEP: Well-dressed hotels - no doubt. He never stopped running. He even won a gold medal in a track and field event for athletes in their 90s.
And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.
GREENE: And I'm David Greene. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.View this story on npr.org