Bulgari was founded by the Greek silversmith Sotirios Voulgaris in Rome in 1884. Voulgaris built his business into one of the leading jewelry workshops in the world.
In 1980, the company founded Bulgari Time with manufactures in Neuchâtel and later in Le Sentier, where it makes timepieces such as the Bulgari-Bulgari, the Serpenti, and the leading men’s collection, the Octo, that holds several world records for the incredible thinness of its cases and movements. The company was acquired by the LVMH Group in 2011.
Five interesting facts about Bulgari
- Sotirios Voulgaris’s first store still exists in the village of Paramythia, Greece.
- The name Bulgari is the phonetic spelling of Sotirios’s last name, Voulgaris. It can be spelled with both a “u” and a “v”.
- Bulgari also has a number of boutique hotels in Milan, London, Dubai, Bali, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai. A hotel in Paris will be opening next year, with another in Rome in 2022.
- Bulgari recently presented several Sustainable Development Initiatives that involve restoring ancient art and architecture, to working with underprivileged children, and supporting research to find a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Famous people spotted wearing Bulgari include Elizabeth Taylor, Naomi Watts, Olivia Palermo, Luke Evans, Bradley Cooper, Adrian Brody, and Robert Downey Jr., among others.
Brand ID Card
Company status: Public limited company of the LVMH group
Senior Management: Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO
Number of employees: 4,170
– Bulgari Bulgari
– Octo Finissimo
– Serpenti Tubogas
– Serpenti Seduttori
Retail prices in USD: From USD 2,500 to around 1,000,000
Annual production: Undisclosed