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Carla Fendi dies after long illness

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Carla Fendi, one of the five sisters who transformed their parent’s small Roman leather and fur shop into a global luxury brand has died aged 79 after a long illness.


With each sister taking on a specific role within the business, Fendi acted as president until the fashion house was sold in 1999 to French luxury group LVMH.

After the sale of the brand, Fendi stayed on as honorary president until her death.

She and her siblings are credited with the launching of Karl Lagerfeld’s career when they took him on as a designer in 1965, a year after they opened their first Fendi store in Rome’s historic centre.

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