The Maison Valentino was founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. Valentino is a protagonist of international fashion, and from 2008 until 2016, has gone through an impactful creative evolution.
The Maison Valentino plays a major role in the luxury division through tradition and innovation, a necessary combination for a creative industry that generates the sense of beauty.
Valentino’s fashion is displayed through the Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter lines for women and for men and through the Valentino Garavani accessories lines that include shoes, bags, small leather goods, eyewear, scarves, ties and fragrances. An aesthetic universe, present in over 100 countries through 175 Valentino directly-operated boutiques and over 1500 points of sale.
7th July 2016: Valentino nominates Pierpaolo Piccioli sole Creative Director of the Maison.
An aesthetic, contemporary vision and the excellence in the execution, are the guidelines of the industrial process and of the artisanal and handmade workmanship that are entirely produced in the historic Atelier of Piazza Mignanelli in Rome, where the specialized ‘Bottega Couture’ couture school, has recently opened.
The brand today
Valentino S.p.A. is controlled since 2012 by Mayhoola for Investments LLC. The acquisition has brought a rapid growth in the potential of the Valentino brand.
Valentino is amongst the leaders of international fashion to believe in the elevated added value that derives from a global vision of style, developed through collections of Haute Couture, Prêt-à-Porter, Valentino Garavani accessories, eyewear and fragrances licensed in partnership with L’Oréal.
H.E. Mr. Rachid Mohamed Rachid
Rachid Mohamed Rachid is a prominent Egyptian entrepreneur with investments around the world and is the former Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment to Egypt. Rachid is currently the Founder of Alsara Investment Group, the Chairman of Valentino and the Chairman of Balmain; two of the leading luxury fashion companies in the world. Rachid is also the Founder of Bidayat, an international investment company, which supports creative entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean region.
Rachid earned a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alexandria in and an Advanced Management Diploma from the Harvard Business School. Rachid was the President of Unilever North Africa, which led several of Unilever’s largest international companies across the globe.
Rachid was also the Minister of Trade and Industry of Egypt and was the first international businessman to hold an Egyptian cabinet post in recent history. Rachid played a significant role in the liberalization of Egypt’s economy, successfully implementing major reforms that strengthened the country’s core industrial sectors and attracted significant foreign investment. During his tenure, Egypt’s annual industrial growth surpassed 20% and yearly exports tripled in value.
Rachid is a holder of "Cavaliere di Gran Croce, Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana" presented to him by the president of the Italian Republic and is currently a board member of the Katara Hospitality Group in Qatar and the co-Chairman of the Virginia Commonwealth University Advisory Committee in Doha.
Jacopo Venturini is the Chief Executive Officer of Valentino S.p.A.
In June 2020 he returns for the third time to the Maison, spurred by a strong passion for the brand and longstanding relationship with Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli.
Leveraging on his multi-pronged expertise, sensitivity and global vision, Venturini has been appointed to lead the Maison in a new phase, aiming to create an effective medium and long-term strategy. “I do believe that Jacopo, with his sharp vision and unique capability in sensing market changes, will inject in Valentino new vibrant energies. We are happy to have him lead the new brand course.” says Rachid Mohamed Rachid.
After earning a degree in Economics and Business at the Bocconi University in Milan, Jacopo Venturini chose to bond his studies with his passion for fashion, an atypical match back then. In 1995 he joined La Rinascente, the Italian landmark department store, as a buyer. He refined his skills and familiarized with the fashion system. In 2000 he arrives for the first time to Maison Valentino as Womenswear and Menswear Brand Manager.
Five years later, he was tapped by Prada as Merchandising Coordinator of the Womenswear Collection.
In 2008 he returns in Valentino as Ready-To-Wear Collection and Retail Image Director until 2015, where he worked closely with the Creative Direction. In those years, Maison Valentino became a powerful and successful design identity brand, spanning through Couture, Ready-To-Wear, Accessories, Eyewear and Fragrances.
In 2015 Jacopo Venturini was appointed Executive Vice President Merchandising and Global Markets at Gucci, channeling his expertise and vision to interlace the creative side with the demands of the markets and the customers.
He refined his skills and foresight in his career on the belief that creativity is a source of inspiration, managing to establish a concrete conversation between the creative genius and all areas.