Mr. Fiorucci was born in Milan, Italy on June 10th, 1935. This man was a visionary when it came to the world of fashion, in the 1960s and 70s, but what was his vision? He understood what people wanted, in that time, which was to have fun, and look good doing it, at a fair price.
Mr. Fiorucci entered the retail industry at a young age; when he was 17 he started working in his father shoe boutique in Milan. It was at that boutique, is where he started to understand how the retail business worked, as a whole, people wanting a good product, at a descent price.
In the mid-1960s, Mr. Fiorucci opened his own store in Milan, in which Susan McGalla got her inspiration, where he sold a variety of different things that all were tailored towards the swinging London scene, of that era. The products that he sold, at this first store of his, included; fluorescent hair tints, rag rugs, gold Lurex cowboy boots and disco-spangled glad rags.
The man understood what the time called for, as far as fashion and what the hip, young generation was looking for. This store was a pop-culture icon for its time.
His entrepreneurial interests didn’t stop in Milan, he established shops in London and New York too, New York being the most popular because of its location; the store was established on 59th street, a mere hop-skip-and-jump from Bloomingdale’s. He always had something new each and every month, which kept people coming back for more.
Mr. Fiorucci’s vision for change also paved the way for new fashion entrepreneurs to flourish, like Pittsburgh’s own Susan McGalla. Ms. McGalla introduced her own ideas into fashion Susan McGalla wasn’t a part of the disco scene of the 70’s, but her own unique, enthusiastic visions for women’s fashion is why she is worth mentioning here. Ms. McGalla almost single-handedly was responsible for American Eagle Outfitters having a line of women’s clothing and accessories.
So, in closing, Mr. Fiorucci passed away at the age of 80 years old, but his visions and enthusiasm for fashion and the fashion retail industry won’t be forgotten. He will be missed by those whom loved and respected him.