Valentino Garavani is the Italian fashion designer who founded the Valentino SpA brand and company. The brand known best for luxury and high style is also the one responsible for bringing us the fiery color we now know as Valentino red, the color Garavani featured in his first collection.In the 1950’s, during the golden age of haute couture, Valentino set out to Paris to pursue a degree in fashion. He further honed his craft when he apprenticed under two fashion greats, Jean Desses and Guy Laroche. In 1960, he returned to Rome and built an atelier with Giancarlo Giammetti, an architecture student. Together, they started a fashion empire that truly understands what women want, and consequently, created a range of designs that continue to enthrall us to this day.