Valentino Rudy was born in Bologna, Italy on March 18, 1931.
In 1940, before the opening of the World War II, he moved with his family to Buenos Aires in Argentine to escape from the flames of the war.
Buenos Aires was at that time prospering as a center of culture and art and was called "Paris of the Southern Hemisphere." Staying in the city through his boyhood and adolescence greatly influenced his later life.
Mr. Rudy returned to Italy in 1950 to study in Rome. Then returning to his hometown Bologna, he began to display his abilities first in the field of architecture.
While being engaged in the maintenance and repair of historical buildings in Bologna having a lot of cultural heritages, he also involved himself in the construction of new buildings that would harmonize with the sight of the old city. During this period, he developed his spirit as a creator: pursuit of perfect harmonization between elegant forms and materials by adding unique senses to historic and traditional values.
In the 1970s, after meeting President Yasuhiro Matsuda of Matsuda Co., Ltd. based in Kyoto, Valentino Rudy started to be engaged in the field of textile design and made his debut in the Italian fashion circle with the ties he designed.
In 1972, with Producer Yasuhiro Matsuda, the designer announced "3V Philosophy --- Veneration, Veracity and Value" and established his own brand "Valentino Rudy" based on the concepts of "potentiality," "creativity," and "formative attractiveness."
Supported entirely by Matsuda Co., Ltd., Mr. Rudy launched business all over the world starting from the Asian region.
In 1997, Valentino Rudy deceased at the age of 66.
The dignified, respectable and unique creator rested in the grave in Bologna, which was the place he deeply loved. Although he passed away before he could attain his final goal, his design policies have been succeeded to his followers including Yasuhiro Matsuda.
The "Valentino Rudy" brand, given an eternal life by young creators, is still attracting people all over the world.