Pitti Immagine chooses Kiton’s Antonio De Matteis as its new President

On Thursday, the meeting of shareholders of Pitti Immagine: the Centro di Firenze per la moda Italiana (CFMI), based in Florence, and the Sistema moda Italia (SMI), was at its headquarters in Via Faenza, Florence. Following the recommendation of the Board of Directors of the Centro di Firenze per la moda Italiana, the Assembly appointed the Board of Directors of Pitti Immagine for the term 2023-2026.

Antonio De Matteis, CEO of Italian tailoring brand Kiton has been named president and Antonella Mansi of chemical company SOL Group has been confirmed as vice president.

In addition, Pitti CEO Raffaello Napoleone and entrepreneur Niccolò Ricci were confirmed on the board and seven new directors were appointed: Giovanni Basagni, president of the Miniconf fashion group, Stefano Borsini, general manager of the yarn company Manifattura Igea, Ercole Botto Poala, managing director of Tessitura successi Reda Spa and president of Confindustria Moda, and Niccolò Moschini, director of corporate communication and institutional relations at Kering Italia.

The latest three new board members for Pitti Imagine are Marco Landi, board member of outerwear brand Landi and president of the Federmoda trade union, Lorenzo Nencini, managing director of clothing company Incom SPA, and Marco Palmieri, president of luxury goods company Piquadro leather.

Pitti Immagine appoints Antonella Mansi as Vice President

On behalf of the board and in a personal capacity, says the statement, the president of Cfmi warmly thanked the outgoing president, Claudio Marenzi, and emphasized his determination to govern the company in such critical moments and to take the necessary decisions to guarantee its safety.

“But also the courage and alertness”, added vice-president Antonella Mansi, “in immediately transferring promotional and commercial activities to the online platform, when everything was closed during the pandemic, bringing the company to international prominence when it became deals with the integration of physical and digital fairs, in addition to expanding Pitti Immagine’s product portfolio”.

Who is Antonio De Matteis

Antonio De Matteis, also known as ‘Totò’, is the CEO of Kiton Group, where he also serves as the creative director of menswear. Born in Naples in 1964, he began his career at Kiton in 1986 under the watchful eye of his uncle Ciro Paone, founder and president of Kiton, a fashion house founded in Naples in 1968 .

In 1996, Antonio De Matteis acquired a 10 percent stake in Ciro Paone SpA, the holding company of the Ciro Paone Group. 2007 was a milestone for De Matteis. Ciro Paone chose him to occupy the position of managing director of the group, which allowed him to consolidate his central position in defining the brand’s strategies.

In 2018, Antonio De Matteis gave impetus to the creation of Knt (Kiton new textures), the first collection signed by his sons, the twins Mariano and Walter De Matteis, the third generation of the Kiton family.

In the last two years, Kiton achieved a 60 percent increase in turnover, amounting to 162 million euros.

This article was originally published on FashionUnited.IT. Translation and edition from Italian to English: Veerle Versteeg.

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