Missoni Patriarch Dies At 92

Before he was a fashion mogul, Ottavio Missoni ran track in the 1948 Olympics. That's where he met his wife, whose family owned a textile mill in northern Italy. The Missoni brand grew to prominence in the late 60s with laid-back knit wear covered in rainbow, zigzag patterns.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Our last word in business today is a tribute to a father of Italian high fashion. Ottavio Missoni died yesterday at age 92.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now before he was a fashion mogul, he ran track in the 1948 Olympics - which is where he met his wife, whose family owned a textile mill in northern Italy.

GREENE: And the rest is history. The Missoni brand grew to prominence in the late '60s, with laid-back knitwear covered in rainbow, zigzag patterns. Over the decades, it became a full-fledged, luxury brand empire with fragrances, footwear, even hotels.

INSKEEP: Well-dressed hotels - no doubt. He never stopped running. He even won a gold medal in a track and field event for athletes in their 90s.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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