Founder: Loro Piana
Year Founded: 1924
Loro Piana originally began in 1924 as an Italian wool mill, but the family behind the company have been textile traders since 1812. Like Zegna, the company has long moved beyond just textile production, and is now a fully integrated business where they produce a full menswear (and womenswear) line. All aspects of production â€“ textile fabrication, garment production, marketing, and retail is controlled under one house. In the 1970s, they developed Tasmanian wool, which was effectively the world's first branded cloth. Today, they are the single biggest producer of cashmere fabrics.