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CLAUDIO MARENZI HERNO AND THE LEONARDO AWARD

An important award given to Mr. Claudio Marenzi personally from the President of Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella

Today, with the ceremony at Palazzo Barberini, Claudio Marenzi - class ‘62, Knight of the Order of Merit for Labour, current President of Confindustria Moda and Pitti Immagine - received the Leonardo Qualità Italia award for Herno SpA, of which he has been President since 2011.

It is the most prestigious form of recognition in the entrepreneurial field, through which the Leonardo Committee honours the talent of businesses and businessmen, managers and men of culture, with the aim of giving both national and international exposure to the excellence of Made in Italy.

The Awards were given under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and in the presence of the Undersecretary of Economic Development Ivan Scalfarotto, the President of the Leonardo Committee Luisa Todini, the President of the International Trade Agency Michele Scannavini and the President of Confindustria Vincenzo Boccia. Herno Spa was recognised as an “outstanding Italian business for the innovative quality of its products and for its commercial, productive and international development”.

From the first raincoats of the early post-war period in 1948, to its wider present-day collection, Herno has always been recognised within the fashion world as being synonymous with urban outerwear. Under the second-generation guidance of Claudio Marenzi, a turning point has been reached regarding international growth, achieved through constant investment in research, technology, and eco-sustainability,  all the whilst maintaining the correct dose of sartorial tradition.

With more than 70% of its revenue coming from foreign markets, a turnover that nears hundreds of millions of euros, a profitability of around 15%, 170 jobs in the Lesa branch and a total of 800 jobs in the production branch in Sicily, Claudio Marenzi, renewing production processes with incessant determination, has allowed Herno to become a pioneer of increasingly higher performing fabrics whilst continuing to honour the extraordinary resources of the textile industry Made in Italy and creating a dialogue between tradition and innovation.