Brunello Cucinelli was born in a small agricultural village near Perugia, Italy in 1953, where his childhood home lacked running water as well as electricity. He was educated as a building surveyor, but dropped out of engineering school. In 1977 he had begun making dyed cashmere and by 1978 he established his now world famous Brunello Cucinelli brand. Once a year Cucinelli travels to Mongolia to personally inspect and purchase cashmere direct from the suppliers. The luxury fashion house sells men’s wear, women’s wear, shoes and accessories and is known for its attention to detail and quality of product. The brand is also deeply committed to charity and donates 20% of their yearly profits.