A fashion designer who was killed by an Italian fashion house in 2007 has been given a fresh start, his family has said.
In 2008, designer Giovanni Caputo, 34, was killed in the courtyard of a boutique in the Italian town of L’Aquila by his designer colleague, Giacomo Nanni, a former employee of his company, Vero, a leading designer agency.
Vero was also the client of Caputo’s family, and its director, Fabrizio Bignotti, was convicted of manslaughter in 2009.
The two were also found guilty of negligence and negligence of duty.
Nanni, who has since died, was sentenced to six years in prison and fined €300,000.
His family, who had also campaigned against the Italian government’s decision to keep him in prison for 25 years, said they hoped the ruling would help his former boss, Giuseppe Rizzuto, who they said was too poor to pay the fine.
The company, which was in the process of relocating to London, has since launched a new fashion campaign in which Caputo is the star of the fashion line.
A new campaign, “Caputo’s New Life,” features a shot of Caputos face and is aimed at young fashion students.
“I can’t wait to tell my kids and grandkids about my new life,” Caputo wrote on his blog, Vera Caputano.
“I will take the next step in my career and I will do everything I can to ensure that my son, who is now 12, can also be the fashion designer of tomorrow.”
The family said they were looking forward to the launch of a new clothing line for their son, Giovanni Capututo, in a matter of weeks.
“We want to do the right thing, and not just for my son and the family but also for other young people,” said Andrea Rizzotti, Caputo s mother.
“The fact that a young person is being taken away from us in such a terrible way, is a tragedy for everyone.
It is a crime against humanity.
We are here for a change, for our son’s life to be changed forever.””
The only thing I can say is that I hope my son’s story inspires other young designers and young people to be courageous, brave and open-minded,” Caputato wrote on Facebook.
“And the rest of the world can be like Italy and learn from the good of our country.”