Armani on Armani

In his first interview since the spring, Armani discusses his health, his upcoming collection, his business and the future of the industry.

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As much as the rhythm of fashion continues to accelerate, there will always be a consumer who wants authenticity and a product made to last. The cheap handbag of the week has a certain appeal. A Hermès Kelly [bag] is another thing altogether.

WWD: Has your resolve to remain an independent company changed in any way? Have there been any recent discussions?

G.A.: No, not at all. I continue to love my work and, for the time being, I want to continue to enjoy myself and follow my creative impulse.

WWD: Andrea Camerana, your nephew, has been touted as a possible future candidate to lead the company. Is there any truth to the rumor?

G.A.: Andrea is a delightful person. For the moment, he serves me as someone with a calmer view of problems. He is not as involved as I am, up to my neck from morning until night, for which reason he is able to see things and suggest solutions that are less drastic. I am a bit impulsive in my way of going about things, neither having time for myself nor others. I keep Andrea by my side because he is my nephew and I love him, and who knows, one day he could have a big opportunity in the company. However, for the moment, I prefer to keep him where he is, without giving him responsibilities that are too official. His official role is as my nephew, which is more than enough for many.

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