Missoni S.p.a. started out as a small family-owned store, run by Rosita and Ottavio Missoni. The couple first met at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Before Ottavio met his wife, he produced tracksuits which were to be worn by the Italian national team. They married five years later and moved to Milan. There, they started a workshop designing tracksuits but soon moved on to knitwear. They premiered their collections when they met Emmanuelle Kahn in 1964. Their designs have become famous thanks to their colourful patterns and stripes on wide-ranging fabrics.