Roberto Cavalli born in 1940 is an Italian fashion designer born in Florence. He is known for exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans.
Cavalli studied at the local Art Institute, concentrating in textile print. While still a student, he made a series of flower prints on knit that caught the attention of major Italian factories.
In the early 1970s, he invented and patented a printing procedure on leather, and started creating patchworks of different materials. He debuted these techniques in Paris, immediately getting commissions from the likes of Hermès and Pierre Cardin.
At age 32, he presented his first own collection at the Salon for Prêt-à-Porter in Paris. He then opened his first boutique in 1972 in Saint-Tropez.
In 2002, Cavalli opened his first café-store in Florence, revamping it with his signature animal prints.
In May 2014, Cavalli approached Investcorp, an investment firm in the Persian Gulf, as a potential buyer of a stake in his fashion brand.
Products : bags, shoes, belts, jewellery, scarves, sunglasses.