Design industry in Italy:
Italian design refers to all forms including interior, urban, fashion and architectural.
Italy is recognized as being a worldwide trendsetter and leader in design.
Italian architect Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and Luigi Caccia claims that "Quite simply, we are the best" .
Examples of major Italian fashion houses are: Gucci, Armani, Emilio Pucci, Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli.
Italy also is home to many fashion magazines, such as Grazia, Vogue Italia, Vera, Chi, Gioia and Donna.
Other Italian accessory and jewelry brands, such as Bulgari are amongst the most important in the world.
Milanese company Luxottica is currently the world's most successful eyewear company, with a revenue of €5.202 billion (2008), an operating income of €749.8 million (2008) and a profit of €379.7 million.
Armani is well known for its minimalism and sophisticated style, Versace for its extravagant and ultra-luxurious lines, Gucci for its symbolic chicness and style, Prada for its glitz and glamour.