The designer who clad Steve Jobs

Outfits designed by Brunello Cucinelli at the Cucinelli Headquarters in Solomeo, Italy.
Outfits designed by Brunello Cucinelli at the Cucinelli Headquarters in Solomeo, Italy.PHOTO: NYTIMES

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2018, with the headline 'The designer who clad Steve Jobs'. Print Edition | Subscribe