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Richard Gere's Armani-clad American Gigolo helped to boost what Giorgio Armani had already built. Armani is known for the sleek, unstructured look of its men's and women's suits. The firm licenses its name for perfume, watches, and accessories, but apparel still accounts for more than half of sales. Armani's retail empire spans more than 35 countries and includes some 300 stores. Its stores bear such names as Giorgio Armani, Armani Exchange, Emporio Armani, Armani and Collezioni. Armani owns Simint, the Italian holder of the Armani jeans license, and has been moving the production of other lines in-house. Despite persistent flotation flirtations, the designer maintains ownership of his company.