Ermenegildo Zegna is an Italian luxury fashion house that makes men’s clothing and accessories; with over 550 monobrand stores and annual revenue of over €1 billion, it is the largest menswear brand in the world. Get to know some of the story and work of this amazing fashion brand!
Founded in 1910 when Ermenegildo bought his father’s textile looms, it is now managed by the fourth generation of the Zegna family and remains in family ownership. As well as producing men’s suits for its own labels, it manufactures suits for labels such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Dunhill and Tom Ford. As one of the biggest global producers of fine fabrics (2.3 million metres per year), Zegna has been active in promoting improvements in wool production around the world. The head designer is Stefano Pilati, formerly of Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior.
Ermenegildo Zegna founded the company in 1910 in Trivero in the Biellese prealps. Zegna quickly gained a reputation for producing fine quality wool for suits, and by the end of the 1930s, the wool mill employed 1,000 workers. In 1938 the Zegna Woollens Corporation was set up in New York although exports were not helped by the privations of war.
Ermenegildo died in 1966 at the age of 74. Aldo and Angelo took over the business, and two years later they launched a line of ready-to-wear men’s suits produced in Zegna’s factory in Novara.
Another factory was opened in Spain in 1973 and Switzerland in 1977. As of 1999, the Zegna Group had eight manufacturing plants in Italy, two in Spain, three in Switzerland, one in Mexico and one in Turkey. While many Zegna suits are factory-produced, the majority of premium suits are still made-to-measure.
Ermenegildo Zegna continues to be the major men luxury fashion brand in the world, being a beacon of style and glam! So, do you have a Zegna suit in your closet? Find more inspiration on our Pinterest boards and follow us on Instagram!