Brunello Cucinelli, the company based in Solomeo, Italy, making menswear and womenswear and privileging the use of prestige fibres such as cashmere, has won the Forum Prize 2010, awarded in Heidelberg in Germany by the magazine Textilwirtschaft for companies that have attained particular distinction in the world of industry. Other winners in recent years include Louis Vuitton, Puma, and Bottega Veneta.
In his declaration on receiving the award, Brunello Cucinelli gave an indication of the unusually high ethical values that underscore the company's work. "We are particularly happy about having received this prize. We have close ties with Germany, a country which was very important at the start of our history. Customers from that nation were the first to believe in cashmere products from Solomeo. (...) Nothing has changed from when we started work: numbers and volumes have increased, and possibly the degree of responsibility. However, in Solomeo we continue to work with the aspirations and dedication that have always hallmarked our company, in compliance with the great ideals on which our marque is founded: religion, politics and family. We are aware of the fact that we are responsible for the safekeeping of the immense material and immaterial heritage, with the human resources, that go to make up the company."
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In the photo: image from the Brunello Cucinelli catalogue