Italy’s Pambianco Strategie di Impresa consultancy has recently presented its study on the 50 most profitable fashion and the 15 top design companies in Italy.

The study, conducted in partnership with PwC, aims to devise the Italian companies that could potentially go public within the next 3-to-5 years.

The study has listed the best performing companies of 2014 according to eight major criteria such as their growth between 2010 and 2013, their average EBITDA% of the last three years, brand awareness, size, export, direct store number, indebtedness and market segment. The study has analyzed information from a sample of 944 companies from the fashion and luxury segment and 204 from the design market.

Focusing on the 50 top Italian fashion and luxury companies the study has assessed the top with Giorgio Armani, followed by Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna and Dolce&Gabbana. Among top 15 design and home decor companies the first three top positions are occupied by Flos, Kartell and B&B Italia.

Referring to the Italian fashion and luxury companies only, the year 2014 has registered 13 new entries, which does not necessarily mean that as many companies have suffered heavily, but simply that the new entries have performed better. Also interesting is the fact that 29 companies have remained in the top list for the last four editions the survey was carried ahead. Always referring to the new entries it is significant that some of them are related to the sportswear market, more precisely Dondup (listed as 39th), Stone Island (40th) and Kocca (47th).

Looking at sportswear and jeanswear companies that ranked up in the list noteworthy are Alcott, which moved from the 29th to 25th place, and Imperial that moved from 31st to 26th position.