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  • 2015
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  • 2014
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  • Internationally acclaimed photographer Elisabeth Hoff captures the spirit of ellesse in the Sport Della Vita campaigns in Spring-Summer ’13 and Autumn-Winter ’13.

     

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  • 2012
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  • May 2012

    ellesse is pleased to announce its second year of sponsorship of the Mutua Madrid Open, re-affirming its roots in tennis. For the semi-finals and finals of this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, professional models take over as ball boys and girls. They wear kit designed by ellesse in collaboration with Parisian fashion house Surface to Air. Red, blue and white, the look is chic and strong.

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  • Fab 5
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  • The highly anticipated second chapter of Fab Five drops in October 2012. 5 of the world’s most revered sneaker stores – Atmos (Tokyo), Present (London) pictured, Special (Milan – pictured), AMEN (Munich) and Kin (Shanghai) collaborate with ellesse and each reworks an archive ellesse sneaker style.

  • Did you know!

    The ellesse brand is often cited as one of the first ever brands to feature their company logo on the outside of the clothes, a move copied by brands worldwide ever since.

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  • 2011
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  • This is the year that ellesse meets Goran Ivanisevic, the talented and charismatic tennis player from Croatia and only player to have won the Wimbledon male singles title as a wild card, for a series of tennis interviews.

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  • In 2009 ellesse celebrates its 50th birthday in Italy, the home of the brand. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lily Cole, Gemma Arterton, Pat Cash, Eley Kishimoto and Jade Jagger, ellesse parties the night away listening to music by NYPC and Crazy P with cupcakes and champagne!

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  • 50 years!
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  • 2007
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  • 2004

    ellesse teams up with London based designer duo Eley Kishimoto. The label is known for its innovative, surreal prints and sporty yet elegant tailoring. The collaboration receives extensive coverage from the likes of Vogue, Elle and other top fashion titles.

     

     

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  • 2000s
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  • 1999

    In 1999 ellesse pays tribute to its tennis heritage by sponsoring the Italian Open in Rome.

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  • 1998

    ellesse supports Olympic gold medal skier Jean-Luc Cretier. Winner of downhill in the Nagano Winter Olympics. Jean-Luc, winning in ellesse graces the cover of Time Magazine and an icon moment in sports history is created.

  • In the early 90s ellesse spots Anna Kournikova: one of the top female tennis stars of the 90s and early 2000s. Signed at the age of 9, she wins the European Championships and the Italian Open at the age of 14.

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  • The Magic Air™ ski jacket is launched, a pioneering hi-tech product made of a material that raises the internal temperature of the garment. Another 90s innovation is the ellesse ‘Pneu’ footwear range, which uses air cushions to support the foot.

  • ellesse continues to reinvent the concept of fashion sportswear with new product designs and sponsorships.

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  • 1989
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  • Did you know!

    In February 1986, Princess Caroline of Monaco appeared on the cover of Paris Match wearing an ellesse woollen hat. To show his appreciation, Servadio and his family sent her a very special present, a wooden box containing one thousand “Baci” (kisses) chocolates.

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  • 1982
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  • Ferrari F1.

    ellesse also sponsors the legendary Ferrari F1 team and superstar driver Alain Prost in this year.

  • ellesse is more en vogue than ever.

    The “who’s who” of tennis steps out to play in ellesse and Chris Evert, Boris Becker and Guillermo Vilas become ellesse’s poster boys and girls. ellesse is the official supplier to 10 national ski teams and sponsors champion skier Marc Girardelli.

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  • Iconic images.

    Throughout the decade ellesse captures the 80s zeitgeist with iconic ads, posters and calendars exuding glamour and playfulness.

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  • 1980s
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  • At the end of the 70s ellesse is a firm favourite with the jet set crowd of Cortina and Val d’Isere. The stitched logo appears on the outside of clothes: a move copied by brands around the world ever since.

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  • We love to play!

    The brand is friendly and flirtatious, and doesn’t take things too seriously. ellesse is always at the heart of the party. We love colour, we love vibrancy and we believe in living for the moment!

  • In 1973.

    Vogue Italia features the ellesse “Curieuse” and calls them “the sexiest option for the summer”. These sexy pants are baggy and open at the sides and worn like a sarong with a bra top! Don this on the beach and you’d be the envy of your friends!

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  • The Quilted Jacket is created – a staple for the “it” skiing crowd.

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  • New logo!

    ellesse’s status in winter sports becomes its passport to the world of tennis. The new half-ball, or semi-palla (Italian), logo is introduced and the way tennis clothes are made changes for ever: pleats and fine tailoring become the order of the day.

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  • 1970s
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  • Our logo
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  • Penguins!

    ellesse once had two company pets: penguins Ettore and Giorgino, who followed the company on the slopes whenever there was a skiing competition.

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  • 1960s
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  • 19 June 1959
    The Beginning

    What do you do if you can’t find the exact skiwear you want? If you’re Leonardo Servadio, founder of ellesse, you design and manufacture your own. An Italian tailor and a charismatic personality, Leonardo founds ellesse in Perugia, Italy and breaks the boundaries between fashion and sport. He names the company after his initials L&S, elle-esse.

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