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Stone Island is an Italian high-end men’s apparel brand from Ravarino. It is part of Carlo Rivetti’s Sportswear Company.
Stone Island is known by its compass patch that buttons onto the upper sleeve of the left arm.
From the mid 1990s the make has been popular in the football casual subculture in England and throughout the rest of Europe. The brand can also be seen in many football hooliganism based films, such as Green Street Hooligans and The Football Factory. Canadian rapper Drake (musician) is also regularly seen wearing Stone Island, and has helped popularize the brand in hip hop culture.
Massimo Osti (b. 1944; † 2005) started his first label C.P. Company in 1974. Stone Island was originally a diffusion line of his main label. The brand specialized in surface treatment of fabrics and dyeing techniques. GFT bought the company in 1983, Osti left in 1994, it is now run by Carlo Rivetti.
In August 2017, Stone Island sold Singaporean Sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings a 30% stake in its business for a yet to be disclosed sum.