HARMONT & BLAINE
Characterised by its famous dachshund logo, Harmont & Blaine is an Italian company producing, marketing and distributing luxury smart-casual clothing.
It was established in 1986 in Campania, and it is here that production of all clothing and accessory lines is still based today. After many years of producing gloves, ties and swimsuits, in 2001 the brand successfully also expanded into menswear, before in 2009 launching its first womenswear collection.
Harmont & Blaine has an excellent reputation worldwide, operating on all the main emerging and developed markets with a business network that grows constantly.
“The Moscow launch was just one of a long series of initiatives which will soon see us with stores in all the major fashion capitals. But this growth calls for major investments. Yet we have been lucky. In spite of these difficult times, we haven’t suffered the effects of the credit crunch. We’ve been astute, and we’ve also been a little lucky.” Domenico Menniti, CEO of Harmont & Blaine
Access to funding is vital in order to launch sustainable international development plans, and especially for SMEs. The intervention of SACE in these cases effectively grants a great many companies access to liquid funds they would otherwise not enjoy, and this is exactly why the Group has chosen to work with major banks supporting businesses in its development projects abroad.
Harmont & Blaine benefitted from a SACE guarantee backing a €1.5 million loan intended to support investments in advertising and promotional activities and the opening and renovation of showrooms in Russia, the Czech Republic, Mexico and Panama.
With the SME internationalisation financial guarantee, SACE supports small and medium sized enterprises in their development projects abroad.