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Study Ranks Most Profitable Italian Fashion Brands

Italian fashion legends Giorgio Armani, Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegra, and Dolce & Gabbana unsurprisingly nabbed the top three spots in Pambianco Strategie di I’mpresa’s annual survey of Italy’s fifty most profitable fashion companies in 2014.

The study, directed in partnership with the multinational professional services network PwC, helps gauge which companies could go public within the next three to five years. The 2014 roster of fashion brands included 13 new entries, included Dondup (39th), Stone Island (40th) and Kocca (47th), and most notably, Valentino, which occupied the 17th spot on the list.

While a number of brands moved up the ranks, including Versace (7th to 6th), Max Mara (18th to 11th), Furla (19th to 15th), Alcott (29th to 25th) and Imperial (31st to 26th), some familiar labels dropped. Etro fell five spots to 13th. Roberto Cavalli fell from 10th in 2013 to 14th in 2014.

Pambianco determined the 2014 list by surveying 944 companies in the fashion and luxury market and examining the companies’ growth from 2010 to 2013, its brand awareness, size, export, and market segment, and their average EBITDA percent of the last three years.