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Brunello Cucinelli, Prince of All He Surveys

Sep 22, 2018 - The New York Times

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

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