Born in 1940 in Florence into an extremely artistic family, Roberto Cavalli enrolled aged 17 at the Institute of Art of Florence. His grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi was a prolific painter and part of the Macchiaioli Tuscan Movement, his work is still exhibited in the Uffizi Gallery to this day. Cavalli followed in his creative footsteps when he chose to specialise in the textile applications of paint. His first creations, floral motifs on knitwear were a huge success and caught the attention of the major Italian hosiery industries.
Roberto Cavalli has an attraction for animal prints that today has become his brand signature. Appreciated by the most fashionable jet set, a young Brigitte Bardot wondered barefooted in Saint.Tropez, where the fashion designer opened his first boutique in ’72, wearing his sparkling and sumptuous creations.
A diffusion line - Just Cavalli was founded in 1998 and further to this came RC Menswear, Angels and Devils - a line of children clothing, Class for knitwear, Freedom for casual, two underwear collections, one beachwear, shoes, eyewear, watches, perfumes and an interior design line for the home.