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On Sunday, Industria celebrated the studio’s 20th birthday, its new gallery for Italian artists and the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.

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VIVA ITALIA: Industria always has something going on. But Sunday’s megaevent, celebrating the sprawling studio’s 20th birthday, its new gallery for Italian artists, and 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy was almost too much for the founder himself, Fabrizio Ferri, who upon introducing the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, got choked up in the middle of his speech, overwhelmed by the moment. As he cupped his face in his hands, the crowd of 500 applauded in support. “It’s very emotional, very emotional. Grazie. Grazie,” Ferri said, upon leaving the stage with Isabella Rossellini and the president’s entourage. Asked how he’s moving Industria forward, Ferri responded, “We’re leading the transfer from still to moving stills.” Security was tight for President Napolitano, with police blocking off the West Village streets and delaying the long line of executives from Giorgio Armani, Benetton and Vhernier, as well as dignitaries from the Italian Trade Commission and Italian artists from entering the party. Brooks Brothers chairman Claudio Del Vecchio took it in stride and was pleased to later chat for a few minutes with the president. “He’s amazing. I hope I’m as good as he is when I’m 85.”

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