Founded in 1978 in Milan by Mr. Gianni Versace, one of the most talented fashion designers of the past decades, Gianni Versace SpA is one of the leading international fashion design houses and a glamorous symbol of Italian luxury world-wide. It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including Atelier (Haute Couture), prèt-à-porter, accessories, jewellery, watches, eyewear, fragrances, and home furnishings all bearing the distinctive Medusa logo.
The Versace Group distributes its products through a world-wide retail network which includes (93) free-standing boutiques in the principal cities and (120) corners in multi-brand and department stores.
In 1997 after the death of her brother, Donatella Versace became Creative Director for the Versace Group. This was a natural progression for Donatella, who previously collaborated with Gianni Versace on the famous advertising campaigns for the house, working with great photographers like Richard Avedon and Bruce Weber. Donatella had also been responsible for designing accessories and for the Versus line in the late eighties.
In September 2000 Gianni Versace SpA in partnership with Sunland Group Ltd, a leading Australian development company, opened “Palazzo Versace“, the first hotel project to be branded by a luxury goods company. This six star resort, located on the Australian Gold Coast, provides tourists and travellers with the opportunity to experience and enjoy the complete Versace lifestyle.
Gianni Versace SpA is owned entirely by the Versace family (50% Allegra Beck Versace, 20% Donatella Versace and 30% Santo Versace). Santo Versace is the President of the Versace board. Donatella Versace holds the dual role of Vice-President of the board and Creative Director.
In June 2009, the Versace Group nominated Mr. Gian Giacomo Ferraris, formerly CEO of the Jill Sander Group and the Gucci Group’s RTW Managing Director, to the position of CEO and member of the company’s Board of Directors.
The Versace Group own the brands: Atelier Versace, Versace Couture, Versace Sports, Versace Home Collection, Versace Jeans Couture, Versace Collection and Versus.