Bvlgari is an Italian luxury goods house fouded by Sotirios Voulgaris in 1884. The company name is a derivative of the founder's last name, and the letter "V" in the word is the Latin classical alphabet character for letter "U," so the word is pronounced simply as if it were written as "Bulgari."
The founder of the house, Sotirio Voulgaris, was originally from Greece, where he learned the jeweler's trade. He left his home town in 1877 and made his way to Corfu, and later to Naples, before landing in Rome in 1881. He started the Bvlgari company in 1884.
The company's flagship store was opened in 1905 with the help of his sons, in Via dei Condotti, and it soon became successful and famous. The first international stores were opened in 1970 in New York, Paris, Geneve and Monte Carlo. Bvlgari had their own sales outlets (showrooms) in the Pierre Hotel in New York for many years, and now have nearly 300 shops worldwide.