NOV. 23, 2001: Acquires Brooks Brothers for $225 million in cash from Marks & Spencer. The 183-year-old men's retailer had sales of $636 million in fiscal 2001.
FEBRUARY, 2001: Buys women's sportswear and accessories maker Adrienne Vittadini, with sales of $25 million.
JULY, 2001: Purchases Carolee Designs, a $35 million jewelry and accessories retailer.
JANUARY, 1998: Assumed ownership of ailing women's apparel chain Casual Corner from his father's company Luxottica. Retailer had $820 million in sales last year.
Data: Retail Brand Alliance