Established in 1960 by legendary fashion designer Valentino Garavani and his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino S.p.A. recently celebrated an iconic cornerstone – its 50th anniversary – that further consecrates its heritage and success story. In September 2007, following Monsieur Valentino’s decision to retire, Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo were appointed Creative Directors of all the accessories lines of the fashion house, and in the following year they became directors creative of the men and women’s collections as well as the Haute Couture line. The fashion house took a new path. The designers began writing a new page, more contemporary, in the history of the company. The perspective changed and Valentino’s ideal man evolved.