Founder: Giorgio Armani
Year Founded: 1975
There are few people who have had as revolutionary an effect on the suit's silhouette as Giorgio Armani. After working as a designer for Nino Cerruti's Hitman line, and then later as a freelancer for Zenga and Ungaro, Armani struck out on his own in the mid-1970s to create his own fashion label. He developed a radically new look for suits by literally taking the stuffing out and making a more relaxed silhouette. The result was a very distinctive, widely popular, "Armani look" that defined one of the most significant eras in tailored men's clothing.