Carla Fendi, philanthropist and fashion power, dies at 79 – USA TODAY

MILAN (AP) — Carla Fendi, one of many 5 sisters who remodeled the household leather-based items enterprise into a world luxurious fashion home lengthy identified for its furs, has died following an extended sickness. She was 79.

The Rome-based mostly fashion home confirmed Fendi's demise Monday, expressing ache for the loss and gratitude for her continued contributions.

The sisters opened the primary Fendi retailer in Rome's historic heart in 1964, and a 12 months later employed a younger designer named Karl Lagerfeld who helped catapult the Italian model into world fame, with a concentrate on designing luxurious furs.

Every sister had her position, and Carla Fendi, as Fendi president, was the household enterprise' public face till they offered to the French luxurious group LVMH in 1999. She was honorary president till her demise.

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