Jeff Bezos, other tech execs held Italy summit with Brunello Cucinelli – Business Insider

Jeff Bezos, other tech execs held Italy summit with Brunello Cucinelli – Business Insider

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What do Jeff Bezos, Reid Hoffman, Drew Houston, and Dick Costolo have in common (besides tech, of course)? They're all fans of high-end Italian fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli — such fans, in fact, that they recently all took a group field trip to visit Cucinelli at his home in Italy, according to GQ's Samuel Hine. Photos from the trip — which Nextdoor cofounder Nirav Tolia told GQ was called the "Solomeo Summit, " named after the tiny town where Cucinelli is based — were posted on Cucinelli's Instagram account. There's a group shot, and another photo of the Silicon Valley crew sitting in a big circle. Bezos is notably absent from both photos, but GQ reports that he was in attendance. So how did such a trip come about? According to GQ, Cucinelli invited the crew to his hometown to talk about how to make the world a better place, to eat, and to take walks in nature. And while some of the executives in attendance are actually fans of the clothing brand, all of them are fans of Cucinelli himself: He's an entrepreneur, and a billionaire, and comes from humble roots like many Silicon Valley stars. Read more: Tech ....


Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Girlboss While most people outside of Bezos' tax bracket likely haven't heard of Brunello Cucinelli or his eponymous brand, it's revered in both fashion circles and tech circles. Mark Zuckerberg is a well-known fan of the brand. While he has since moved on from his go-to gray t-shirts, he used to have the brand custom-make his $300 or $400 tees. Kevin Systrom, the founder and former CEO of Instagram, has also publicly proclaimed his love of the brand, although he prefers its sweaters. "I love Brunello Cucinelli sweaters, " Systrom told the Wall Street Journal back in 2015. "You can spend a lot on them, and that's not a bad thing." Systrom (who "liked" one of the group photos from the trip on Cucinelli's Instagram) wasn't exaggerating: According to Cucinelli's website, one of his sweaters can cost as much as $3, 345. Men's suits seem to range in price from $3, 000 to $6, 000, and the opulently elegant "Shearling caban jacket" will cost you a cool $8, 495. Cucinelli Shearling caban jacket Brunello Cucinelli website Silicon Valley stylist Victoria Hitchcock told Vox's The Goods last year that she's been working to get men ....

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