The Last Word In Business

May 10, 2013
Originally published on May 10, 2013 8:10 am



Our last word in business today is a tribute to a father of Italian high-fashion. Ottavio Missoni died yesterday at age 92.


Now before he was a fashion mogul, he ran track in the 1948 Olympics - which is where he met his wife, whose family owned a textile mill in northern Italy.

GREENE: And the rest is history. The Missoni brand grew to prominence in the late '60s with laid-back knit wear covered in rainbow, zigzag patterns. Over the decades, it became a full-fledged luxury brand empire, with fragrances, footwear, even hotels.

INSKEEP: Well-dressed hotels - no doubt. He never stopped running. He even won a gold medal in a track and field event for athletes in their 90s.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.