NEW YORK • For Ralph Lauren, it was a wide necktie and an out-sized vision that set in motion a five-decade career in fashion, one that would eventually render a house painter's son from New York City a multibillionaire and a globally legible brand.
For Brunello Cucinelli, a farmer's son from a rural backwater in Umbria, Italy, the path to international success and a great fortune began almost as improbably - with a single sweater.
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