Luigi "Gigi" Crugnola was born in 1934, the same year Giorgio Rovera founded a company in his own name in Varese. He joined partners Angelo and Adele Bianchi, Crugnola's Uncle and Mother, respectively. The company has produced pipes for 30 years, largely exported to America and elsewhere in the world. Crugnola took over the company in 1964 with the death of Angelo, changing the name soon after to his own nickname Gigi. He continues to run the company today.