Search for Missoni Continues

Posted Monday January 7, 2013 6:00 PM GMT

The search continues off the coast of Venezuela for Vittorio Missoni, heir to the iconic Italian design house Missoni.

Last Friday morning, the 58-year-old was traveling from the remote island of Los Roques to Caracas, Venezula, with his wife and two friends. Thirty minutes after their twin-engine plane took off, it disappeared.

Venezuelan pilot, Enrique Rada, told press that while flying his own plane near Missoni’s, he saw the aircraft enter “an aggregation of clouds” where it may have been “hit by a bolt of lightning.”

Thus far, there have been no signs of the missing plane.

A spokesman for the family business said, “The Missoni family has been informed by the Venezuelan consulate that Vittorio Missoni and his wife are missing, but we don’t know any more.”

Missoni is known for their iconic zigzag design patterns and luxury knitwear. Vittorio Missoni turned the fashion house his father started into a global business by expanding the line to include homeware, hotels, and a 400-piece collection for Target.

Annuals sales are estimated to be between $75 million and $100 million.

Hope endures that Missoni is still alive, as the plane vanished from the radar near a well-known drug smuggling route in Venezuela. Yet, family and friends fear the worst.

Vittorio’s eldest son Ottavio Junior took to his Twitter page yesterday (January 6) to beg followers, “Please help us find my father." Missoni’s niece Margherita Maccapani also posted a message that read, “We pray. We believe. We won't stop until we #findvittoriomissoni !!!!!”

While we await further news, check out this slideshow featuring some of Missoni’s most iconic designs.

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