The Ermenegildo Zegna Group is the worldwide leader in luxury menswear with more than 6,500 employees worldwide and consolidated Group revenues that totalled €1.183 billion in 2017.
The Ermenegildo Zegna Group, founded in 1910 in Trivero (Italy) by the young entrepreneur Ermenegildo Zegna, continues to be run as a family business that remains faithful to the vision of the founder: the ethical production of the best and most exclusive fabrics in the world through innovation and the sourcing of noble fibers directly from their markets of origin. Now managed by the fourth generation of the Zegna family, the Group is led by Ermenegildo Zegna, CEO, and by Paolo Zegna, Chairman.
Zegna’s entrance in the high-end menswear market was led by Ermenegildo’s sons, Angelo and Aldo, in the 1960s. In the late 1980s, the Group solidified its position as a leading global luxury and lifestyle brand when it completed its process of vertical integration. Today, with the management of the fourth generation, the commitment to the highest quality of fabrics, garments and accessories, the focus on direct retail operations, the continuous investment in innovation and the penetration of emerging markets are strategic elements that define Zegna’s identity and its 100 years of excellence.
Over the years, Zegna has carefully expanded its scope of activities. In 1999 it acquired the luxury women’s fashion brand Agnona, and in 2003 Ermenegildo Zegna entered the fragrance business with its first license agreement followed in 2011 by a new alliance with the Estée Lauder Companies.
In 2013, the Group signed a worldwide licensing agreement to produce and distribute sunglasses and eyeglasses, and a contract in 2016 with Isa SpA for the global development, production and distribution of a line of men’s underwear. In 2010, the Group began its collaboration with Girard-Perregaux, the symbol of Swiss Haute Horlogerie.
In 2013 Zegna entered into a long-term collaboration with Maserati to produce a limited edition sedan, the Quattroporte by Ermenegildo Zegna. The Maserati car, unveiled in spring 2014, has been reinterpreted and customized with fabrics produced by the historic Lanificio Zegna wool mill in Trivero. The collaboration with Maserati continued in 2015 with the launch of the Ermenegildo Zegna trim package available on all Ghibli, Quattroporte and in 2016, on all Levante models.
In October 2016 the Ermenegildo Zegna Group concluded an agreement for the control of Bonotto SpA, a textile manufacturing company based in Molvena (Vicenza).
In July 2014, to reach higher standards in its production, the Group acquired the majority share of the Achill wool farm, an Australian property located in the New South Wales region, where Merino sheep are bred. The purchase represents a decisive step for the Zegna company. As a producer and not only a purchaser, Zegna has now taken direct responsibility for the production phase of one of its primary raw materials, thereby reconfirming its longstanding support of the wool industry and completing its verticalization strategy. Reaching a perfect vertical integration guarantees an unmatched and higher level of quality and uniqueness.
In February 2016, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group appointed Alessandro Sartori as Artistic Director, with responsibility across all Zegna brands and for all creative functions, starting in June 2016.
At the beginning of 2018, the Zegna Group further strengthened its creative offer and production capacity by finalizing the acquisition of a controlling stake in Pelle Tessuta, a company specialized in the weaving of leather and Cappellificio Cervo, a historic hattery brand from Biella.
By the end of 2017, Zegna had branched out in the most important cities of 100 different countries, with a total of 504 stores (272 of which are directly operated). In 2018, the Group expects to see new openings in Capri, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Toronto and Mexico City, with renovations and expansions in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Beijing and other major Chinese cities.