Carla Fendi, one of the five Fendi sisters of the Roman fashion house, has passed away after a long battle with an unspecified illness. She was seventy-nine years old and died in Rome, Italy.
Carla is largely credited for bringing Fendi to the United States. After her parents passed away, she and her sisters grew their family’s leather business into the fashion house it is today. Each sister played a part in the business’ growth, and Carla’s was PR and marketing.
Carla also served as Fendi’s president and public face from the fifties until 2008, but maintained an honorary presidency until her death. She was also a gracious philanthropist, starting the Carla Fendi Foundation in 2007, which, according to their website, aims to preserve “cultural heritage and values from the past, and to guarantee their continuity and future growth, primarily in the art, literature, cinema, fashion, environment and social sectors.”
Carla will surely be missed, but her legacy will live on through her various contributions to the Fendi brand.