Designer Vittorio Missoni is reportedly missing off the Venezuelan Coast. The son of Missoni founders Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni and four others were travelling from holiday festivities at Los Roques. Contact was lost when the aircraft flew over Los Roques archipelago on Friday, January 4, 2012.
The Italian foreign ministry officials have been working with Venezuelan authorities on the search. “The small plane they were traveling on has disappeared. This is all the information currently available,” the Missoni company statement stated. Despite their efforts, as of late Saturday, no traces of the missing aircraft had turned up.
Stefano Tonchi, editor-in-chief of W magazine, has called the Missonis “one of the most important Italian fashion families.” The brand was first created in 1953 as a knitwear workshop in Gallarte, Italy. Since then, it has expanded from apparel to housewares, fragrances and even a chain of hotels. Vittorio Missoni, 58, runs the company with his siblings, Luca and Angela. The trio took over the brand in 1996 and began marketing towards younger consumers. In 2011, the fashion house partnered with Target to produce a more budget-friendly collection for the discount retailer. The collaboration release prompted Target’s website to crash due to the high demand.
In an eerily similar situation, a plane took off from Los Roques on the same date in 2008 and disappeared without a trace over the Caribbean. No traces of the remaining passengers or any wreckage were ever recovered, except for the pilot.
Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to the Missoni family as the search continues.