MILAN — Launched in 2013 as a small brand offering revisited espadrilles, Manebí is gearing up to face new international challenges.
The company established by Milanese friends Antonello Benati and Vera Drossopulo Bogdano has opened its capital to Milano Investment Partners — MIP, a fund management company specialized in venture growth investments. Details of the operation were not disclosed.
“We were searching for the right partner to continue our expansion path after having created and managed Manebí relying only on our strengths and the support of our team,” said Drossopulo Bogdano, who worked at Lehman Brothers and later covered the role of vice president at Société Generale before embarking on the Manebí adventure.
“We aim to expand our business into international markets becoming an iconic brand in the footwear and beachwear fashion segment,” said Benati, who cut his teeth at Merrill Lynch Bank of America. “We found in MPI the ideal partner, able to support both our strategic decisions and the operations thanks to their great experience, their global network and their focus on the consumer-tech sectors.”
Since its foundation in December 2017, MIP has invested in a range of promising start-ups, including artisanal shoe manufacturer Velasca; German premium luggage brand Horizn