Nicola Trussardi was born in Bergamo, in the Lombardy region of Italy in 1942 and died in 1999. As well as being a fashion designer and entrepreneur, he attended the Catholic University of Milan and graduated in economics.
Dante Trussardi (Nicola Trussardi’s grandfather) founded the family’s glove-making business in 1910. The family business was transformed into a major company and became famous throughout the world of the Made-in-Italy label when Nicola Trussardi took over in 1970.
Nicola Trussardi expanded the product line to include luxury accessories as wells as gloves. In 1973 he created Trussardi’s spiky greyhound logo. A few years later, Trussardi launched a line of leather jackets. This was the beginning of the clothing line and by the 1980s included womens/menswear, sportswear and children’s wear.
The Trussardi Fashion House has an extensive range of design activities which include; designed interiors for the airline company Alitalia, cars for Alfa Romeo, telephones, and even helicopters. In 1988, it outfitted the Italian athletes competing in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
Trussardi was killed when he lost control of his Mercedes, on Tangenziale Est of Milan and hit a lamp post in the early hours of the 13th of April, 1999; he died the following day in Milan. His son Francesco died four years later in the crash of his Ferrari. He was 29 years old.