Ottavio Missoni, patriarch of the Italian fashion house, has died at age 92, WWD reports.
Missoni passed away at his home in Sumirago, Northern Italy this morning, 60 years after he founded the iconic brand, known for their creative use of color and signature zig-zag stripes, with his wife, Rosita Jelmini. Jelmini survives him, along with his daughter Angela, creative director of the company, and son Luca, who is also part of the close knit family business. The circumstances of their eldest son, CEO Vittorio Missoni, remain unknown after his plane went missing off the coast of Venezuela January 4.
The family’s fierce loyalty to one another was brought to the forefront during the search for the executive, as they held out hope in the press, threw their power behind intensive search efforts, and picked up the reins at the company in his absence.