This week, Cucinelli started the process of listing his brand on the Italian stock exchange. The result is that by May or June, a third of the company could go onto the open market, bringing roughly $175 million into the Cucinelli family coffers. It’s the first fortune made by the recent boom in Italian menswear, which has led the company to 50% growth in the past few years.
It also means the end of Cucinelli’s status as an entirely family-owned company—one step closer to the Pradas and Guccis of the world—but by our lights, Brunello’s earned a little payday. Hopefully he’ll use it to buy a few new castles.
Without succumbing to any spoilers, we’ll just say that this entry finds Mr. LeBeouf crusading for green energy through (what else?) high-powered finance capitalism. And it turns out not to be such a bad idea. It’s enough to make you forget that the original focused mostly on the Street’s propensity to chew up and spit out.
Through Thick and Thin: Personally, we've always preferred Christina Ricci in her more well-rounded, Buffalo66 days. Not that we've got a problem with the carb-free model here. [BlackBook]
Some Like it Very, Very Hot: Just like Paris Hilton, Marilyn Monroe filmed a sex tape before she became a tragic victim of her own fame. Unlike Hilton, Monroe's oral exam may never make it to your desktop. [NYPost]
Labor Party: A charming, lil' British-TV presenter is set to star in a reality show based in a faux London sweatshop. This is a good thing, right? [Female First UK]
Chat Stew: The dapper king of our TiVo, Joel McHale, sits down to discuss his J. Lindberg jackets, Air Jordans and, wouldn't you know it, Tyra. [Sign on San Diego]
Slim Jims:Men's Vogue collects the best slim-cut suits of the season so we don't have to. [Men's Vogue]
American Public: Sticky, icky Dov Charney lets the Wall Street Journal into his factory, his office and his infamous bedroom where he takes cloyingly erotic photos of the once-respected broadsheet in a Lycra catsuit. [Radar]
Stimulating Ideas: Claudia Schiffer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt reenact Buñuel’s *Belle de Jour* in this month’s GQ. So *that’s* why foreign film is important. [Men.Style]
The Wait is Over: At long last, Zubaz pants are back in vogue. Huzzah! [Star Tribune]
"Sock-Gate": England's Health Secretary has a lot to learn about proper foot care. [Peterborourgh Today]
Big Game: Join a denim hunter on the trail. [PSFK]
Down Market: The gathering financial storm probably won't make it easier to get dinner reservations at New York's better restaurants, but at least your waiter will have a MBA from Wharton. [NYT]
A Pinch of Saffron: Look, we're as confused about aesthetic and practical value of these "T Takes" mini-movies over at The Moment Blog as the rest of you. But this one here has Saffron Burrows, so... [The Moment]
Dapper Data: We're backing up to this leather-bound hard drive. [Crave]