Valentino Garavani opened his fashion house on Via Condotti, Rome, with support from his father and father’s business associate. An apprentice to Jean Dessès for five years and Guy Laroche for two, Garavani’s return to Italy in 1959 turned heads. After becoming a student to Emilio Schuberth, Garavani collaborated with Vincenzo Ferdinandi before officially opening his fashion house in 1960. Inspired by the fashion houses of Paris, his "maison de haute couture" style was met with great success at Valentino’s international debut in Florence, 1962.
The R.E.D. Valentino line pays tribute to the fashion house’s initial reputation for bright red dresses that gained Garavani a celebrity clientbase. The brand has gone on to design wedding dresses for Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Madaleine of Sweden, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lopez. One of their most devoted supporters was Jacqueline Kennedy, who would later become a good friend of Garavani’s.
Since being sold to Marzotto Apparel in 2002, Valentino moved its headquarters to Milan. In 2012, Qatar bought the fashion house for €700 million. In 2016, Pierpaolo Piccioli became sole Creative Director.
Valentino has a wide range of clothing, footwear and accessories available at Brother2Brother, recognisable for their sleek, simple designs that have evidently held on to their original French influence.