Valentino bought by Qatari Royal Family

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Iconic Italian Fashion House Valentino is the latest Italian luxury brand that has been bought by a foreign investor, after Cerutti and Gianfranco Ferre. The Qatari royal family, who also owns the British luxury department store Harrod's, supposedly acquired Valentino for about 700 million euros, although financial or ownership details have not been made official by the brand. 

What do you think about this constant estrangement of iconic brands from their founders or country of origin? Do you think that it could damage the brand in the long term? Do you think that there could be a change in the brand's direction and style following this change in ownership? I sure hope not, the current designers are brilliant and I really love their vision, it would be a shame to change something at this point.


Ivy Nimako said...

Whatttt-i'm sure they had their reason for selling but to a foreign investor, it could do some damage to the brand. Love the red dress though


Agnieszka Guerrero Olesinska said...

Hopefully they will continue similar designs

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Juju said...

if it's the only way to go on, it's great!
their new fashion designers are great and smart

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Tammy Lau said...

YOu know Valentino is promoting BIG in China right now!!! Cus I think he know china market is very big!Who care who is investing?!! Also, I agree they are good:)



NON!! Super interesting. Well re your question, I guess it depends what is their strategy.. do they want to leave full control to the house or change things... Now cash flow could also mean a great opportunity to do bigger things, develop, etc too. Time will tell I guess

Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

Really???????? That is so bad....I's like loosing the identity,,,

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Ileana said...

I love Valentino... as long as they keep their "soul" they will be alright :)

Ashley said...

Love Valentino, and as long as the brand keeps some sort of iconic look or vision to what they produce, change would be good too :) Just followed you on GFC, hopefully you can stop by my blog and follow back if you like it <3

jamie said...

sigh.. so in love <3


EMA said...

Very interesting! I think some brands can be damaged if they are not careful about the integration, but being bought by another country's entity can help incorporate some new and unique elements into the classic design of the brand so it will be interesting to see what happens to Valentino!

Outside Looking In said...

I don't like it at all....shame! I guess only time will tell! This is one of my fav design houses so if it changes too much I will be crushed lol!

RedTagChicLosAngeles said...

I totally agree with you....I hope these icons dont get lost in the material world!!


melindaaa said...

i didn't know that they owned Harrods too..isn't Harrods one of the most 'london' things about london, why would they allow themselves to be purchased by foreign investors? same with valentino, but i suppose business is business!

Bonnie said...

It will be interesting to wait and see what happens with this. I was shocked when I heard the news.
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Raindrops of Sapphire said...

Oh my! I can't believe they sold, I'm not a fan of this at all! I really like your blog! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits and more :) :)

the chilicool said...

What a bad news, Italy's losing a very big part os its treasure!




Steph Yt. said...

Aww it's a shame, i definitely don't think that should have happened :(

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Rakel said...

Bad news!! :(:( love Valentino!

Miss Margaret Cruzemark said...

Very inspiring post. We were talking about this in a fashion seminar. The rise of east is coming!!!!
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Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Alessandra Carlomagno said...

bad news:( i love valentino!
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Barcelona Brunettes said...

Lovely <3



M.E said...

I'm sure there is a good investment reason behind all this... as long as the Valentino style doesn't change too much I'm happy ;)

Admirably Pretty said...

I don't think it will affect Valentino, he's a genious! I'm sure it's just money business :)

XO, Imke

Admirably Pretty said...

And thank you for your sweet comment! I'm glad you think I have a good taste in movies, hehe! I'm into superhero movies so.. :) And wow, that's a coincidence that there's a Camaieu over there right now! You're a lucky girl! ;)

XO, Imke

Michelle Lee said...

always love Valentino
interesting post thanks for sharing!

Antonella Leone said...

how don't love Valentino??

Flavia Flanders said...

I wish I could wear a Valentino red dress someday.... mmmmm... only in my dreams hahahaha...

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MagicMagpie said...

So sad to hear this I love Valentino :(

poziomka said...

I hope it doesn't affect Valentino.

Ceciliette said...

i hope they keep the aesthetic! you never know what's going to happen!

Collections said...

wow I can't believe this! So sad.

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Call me M said...

I've heard about the brand a few days ago.
Of course I believe that when a company gets sold, its direction may change, and the new ownership may damage the name of the brand. Let's hope it won't happen, cause Valentino has many nice designs.

Angelina Stroumpouli said...

I heard about this few days ago. I really hope that the owner will not destroy the name/fame/history of the label.

Have an amazing weekend!

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