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Meet the Italian designer who is a Silicon Valley icon

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If you have not already heard his name, chances are that luxury wear is not something that attracts much of your attention. For the fame of Cucinelli, who lives in a remote village in Italy, has spread far and wide. He is also a of many of our contemporary tech titans.

In fact, a delegation from the Silicon Valley, including Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Dropbox and Drew Houston, recently went all the way to Italy's hillside hamlet of for a meeting with the

Besides Bezos, Hoffman and Houston, others who were present for the meeting included (and of Peek), (Senior at Salesforce), (former CEO), (CEO) and (Board Member, Nextdoor), among others.

informed in a post on his website, "attended the meeting" via a magnificent open letter addressed to the entire group.

co-founder organised the "magnificent meeting" which was called the "Summit".

Cucinelli, however, has a different way of describing the tech titans. He calls them "young Leonardos of the third millennium".

Born near in 1953, Cucinelli, besides building a $500 million a year company, has also helped change the lives of everyone around him, according to a report in in May.

Cucinelli calls Solomeo, the "hamlet of the industrious soul". In his own words, his dream has always been to work for the moral and economic dignity of mankind.

While a blazer created by Cucinelli may cost $4,000, he himself is not prone to extravagance, according to GQ's Samuel Hine, who reported about the meeting of the with the tech titans.

In his page, Cucinelli describes himself as an and describes that the values of beauty, humanity and truth are the ideal and guide to all the actions.

A self-made billionaire, Cucinelli is a favourite of many other luminaries in the tech industry, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Kevin Systrom, the founder and former CEO of Instagram, according a report in Business Insider.

Born into a family of rural farmers, Cucinelli's creations have already won the world, but only a few probably know that he has also stormed the tech world with the fine stuff he creates.

Silicon Valley, Cucinelli said in a an post, "is a place that is far away in distance but so close to my soul."

While it is not known what transpired out of Cucinelli's meeting with the tech titans, he wrote that it was some sort of "symposium on soul and economics".

"Our thoughts go out to the future of our children and those coming after us, endless happy years, and expression of a fascinating That's why we believe that it is just fair not to bridle our dreams, but rather to plan for centuries, for millennia to come," Cucinelli said in the post.



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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 08:58 IST