ELLESSE - In 1959 ELLESSE was founded in answer to the question: What do you do if you can’t find the exact skiwear you want? If you’re Leonardo Servadio, founder of Ellesse, you design and manufacture your own. An Italian tailor with a charismatic personality, Leonardo founded Ellesse in Perugia, Italy, and broke the boundaries between fashion and sport. He named the company after his initials L and S, elle-esse.