About me: Virginia Bianchi

Hey, what’s up guys!

I’m Virginia, Italian, originally from Pavia, but I spent the past 5 years bouncing around the world studying, working and chasing my greatest passion: traveling and meeting diverse cultures as far away from mine as possible.

I attended my bachelor in BA at Università Cattolica, in Milan, after an internship in NY, while for my Masters degree in Strategic Market Creation I flew between Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro.

Straight after graduating, I start working in the fashion field in Italy and the Netherlands for a couple of years, but I’m still struggling on finding a “perfect” balance between what I love to do and what I’m good at. I’m like this in every way: why should I choose between black or white when life offers to pick on thousand different shades?

I really go crazy for outdoor sports and any kind of activity which brings adrenaline through the roof!

I’m unquenchably curious, so I cannot really stand wasting time on zapping the tv on the couch.

I’m on fire when someone gets to surprise me.

When I get nervous or upset, baking sweets can really mellow me out.

Before taking any important decision, I need go running alone just with my tunes at full volume.

I’m so excited to start this journey! I’m keen to have a go at blogging. I want to grab this opportunity to post what I find noteworthy and, hopefully, interesting for you as well! Pinky promise 😉

Hope you guys are still around!

Cheers!

Virginia 

My idea of Luxury

Michael Kors once said “I think the older I get, the more I realize that the ultimate luxury is time.” I couldn’t agree more.

Therefore, the meaning of what luxury represents to me revolves pretty much around the concept of time, timelessness and exclusivity.

I believe luxurious goods, experiences and services should feel good to the skin, to the eye but primarily to the soul, because it is right there that the most memorable moments of our life actually lies.

So luxury embodies, in my mind, everything that holds a unique, authentic value, which is exclusive, irreplaceable and incomparable to anything else.

A privilege, in other words. It may be enjoying the dusk from a hidden high point only few know, or tasting a fine meal prepared by the hands of locals with food you never even know existed before, or riding free bathed in a spectacular scenario.

When so many goods and experiences become ubiquitous, available and accessible, I value more what is unique to a particular place, shared, possibly, with someone special and deeply bonded with a specific moment of my life.

“Privilege”, “timeless” and “uniqueness” are key words that denote exactly the meaningful and profound sense of what luxury means to me, and should be.

Luxury is really something thoughtful, tailored to fulfill and satisfy one’s desires and which can mark someone forever, with more emphasis on better living.

You only live once, after all…

Cheers!

Virginia 

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I’m from Padova, but i did my studies in Economics and Management in Ferrara.

During my university studies I worked in the family business. We manage five clothing shops for men and women; unavoidably I grew up in an environment focused on management of stores, personnel, buying and sales, all fields in fashion.

I have been fascinated since childhood by this world, and the desire to concentrate my knowledge and skills in the luxury sector has grown as I became an adultThis is also thanks to my 5 months of Erasmus in Paris.

I’m a person who loves being around people, to socialize and to work in team.

Traveling has always been a passion of mine and it would be a dream for me to be able to combine my passion with my personal achievement.

 

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About Luca

My name is Luca Marini.

I’m 27 years old, I’m from Bergamo and I graduated in Economic and Business Management at Bergamo University and then I completed my Master of Science in Management at Trento University.

As a child I was fascinated by photos of cars, boats and things with engines, so much so that I was able to identify various models of vehicles. Growing up I frequently read car and boat magazines, studying the mechanics, but also the aesthetics, and even the innovations they presented. Although a passionate consumer, I want to turn that motivation into a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of business trends, and also apply my knowledge in the luxury goods market.

I’m an open-minded man who wants to discover in a deeper way the world of luxury and also build up my knowledge in other sectors like food and wine or hotellerie.

What is Luxury for me

I became very interested in the luxury industry last year during my Erasmus experience. Indeed, I spent 10 months in Reims, France, the main city for champagne production, which is considered one of the most luxurious sectors in the food & beverage world. Here I visited all the main “Caves,” which are all part of the UNESCO mission “La Mission Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne“, created in 2008. The mission aim is to protect this unique landscape and help the development of the Maisons. 

The fact that something as luxurious as Champagne is part of the UNESCO Heritage is the best way to express the beauty and the tradition present behind a luxury product.

In my opinion, luxury is not only beauty and tradition, the experience is very important.

The experience starts with making the customers feel at home in stores, all the way to great innovations and technology in the production of the items. The idea of “experience” can be found all over the luxury industries.

Fashion is not only buying clothes. Haute cuture pieces are handmade art items that can provide innovation in textiles and fabrics.

A fine dining restaurant is not only about food, high-end chefs prepare the most amazing menus, often using innovative methods and top-quality ingredients, to make the guest live an amazing experience.

In the end, experience is one of the thousand steps, what makes luxury so versatile is the emotions that originate from it, that can be different depending on who is experiencing them. Everybody has a different perception of luxury, this was mine.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with our heart”
Helen Keller
American Author

 

Charlotte Cassanelli

About me: Charlotte Cassanelli

My name is Charlotte Cassanelli

I am 24 years old, born in Milan but raised French-Italian — in fact, my mum is French and my dad is Italian. My double nationality allowed me to learn both Italian and French as a child, that led me to learn English easily. Having family in both Milan and Paris also allowed me to travel a lot between the two cities.

My educational path started with a scientific high school, later on I graduated in International Science and European Institutions at Università degli Studi di Milano. During my degree, I spent 11 months in France with the ERASMUS program, period in which I learned to perceive my international family background as a gift, and not to take it for granted.

I am now attending the 4th International Master in Luxury Management at Sole24Ore in Milan.

I have always practiced sports. I started swimming when I was a little child and I continued with horse riding. When I was 12 years old I discovered what soon became my main passion: sailing. Since then I started practicing and racing in regattas all over Italy.

Another passion I have is travelling. I have always been interested in visiting new places and understanding the local culture. Moreover, travelling for me is strictly related to the culinary experience, that is the reason why I always try to explore the traditional cuisine of each city I visit.

My passions form my personality and my openness to diversity, and are making me a better person.

“ Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
German Philosopher

 

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About me: Gaia

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Born in Trieste 25 years ago, I define myself as curious, independent and open-minded.

My desire to see the other corners of this world brought me first to study in the US and then in Lisbon, where I lived for almost two years. Being abroad for so long, however, made realize that the Italian creativity, aesthetics and taste are the best ones in the world, and, as such, are a great asset. Hence, the decision to get specialized in the luxury industry here in Milan.

But in this introduction post I would like to share something more personal, rather than the information you can find on my LinkedIn profile.

So here’s a random list of a few things I love: The rain (when at home), yoga, lazy Sundays, perfumes, black coffee, eating- especially exotic food, coconut water, rooftop bars, prosecco, Art exhibitions, travelling, the smell of books.

And here’s a list of things I hate: The rain (when outside), long queues/big crowds, seagulls, cheap talk, soccer, bad manners and ignorance, horror movies, artichokes, unnecessary judgements, light blue eyeshadow.

…Do you want to know my complete list? Do not hesitate to contact me, I’ll be happy to answer you:

email: gaia.villat@hotmail.it

LinkedIn: Gaia Villatora Milič

 

 

 

When art meets quality

What is the quality of a fashion product?

Precious, natural or technological fabrics, undisputed workmanship, perfect fitting that satisfies most of the sizes and conceals body imperfections, little details crafted with attention, with care, finishing touches that exalt the product refinement, accessories that won’t weigh down the image, hand-done embroideries.

Why do we need art?

Beauty is one of the conditions that brings us to happiness, there isn’t a single woman who is fully pleased by her appearance.  The ability of designers is to create a masterpiece that carries the concept that people will follow, a projection of a dream; it has to tell a story that satisfies fantasies and passing fancies.

When beauty meets quality the result is surprising: the designer’s idea is realized in a precise way and leads back to his main thought.

Something timeless is created, it never gets old, continues to remain precious.

Something unique is created and the person wearing it  feels satisfied and this satisfaction justifies the price.

Something that creates a heritage is produced.

This “something“ is the perfect definition of luxury.

Ekaterina Okoulik

 

 

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About me

Optimistic, idealistic, sarcastic, maverick, calm, meticulous, imaginative, reflexive…. are just few definitions of  me.

Beauty is what definitely inspires everything I do in my life.

I love being surrounded by fulfilling things such as art, precious fabrics, design creations and  innovative technologies; all these things also declined in the form of experience. For this reason, my hobbies include mainly things regarding art such as drawing, reading, going to art expositions, fashion magazines and make up.

I studied business administration in Bologna. I graduated in the first session  because of my determination to enter the world of luxury fashion as soon as possible.

My ideal job is the one that combines a creative and an economic part in order to make it a passion going beyond regular working-days.

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About me: Daria Antonova

Do you agree that writing about yourself is quite a challenging thing?

IMG_6936Anyway, let me first introduce myself. My name is Daria Antonova (22) and I am from Moscow, Russia. If we go by stereotypes, I should have a bear in my house and vodka in my blood. However, I prefer more to have “Made in Italy” bags in my house and passion for luxury in my blood.

Honestly, it took me years to choose a path I really want to follow. My background is in International Economic Relations and I graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Initially I intended to occupy a position in a bank or in a special financial corporation, but soon I realised that it is not the thing I would like to dedicate my life to.

Firstly, I consider myself to be lively, creative, sociable, a person, full of energy and enthusiasm, willing to meet other people and share my experiences  and emotions. Secondly, I am keen on the fashion segment, always try to be up-to-date with the latest trends, events, collections and news. Finally, a boring office and monotonous work are not for me. My real passion lies in the Dolce&Gabbana brand, which describes me better than anything else. That is why I am here in Sole 24 Ore Business School for International Master Luxury Management.

Nevertheless, I believe that life is always about studying, learning and improving either yourself or things surrounding you. Luckily we have this opportunity presented in travelling, communication and education. For the future I have quite a positive outlook, I desire to live this life to the full, enjoying every chance i get!

It is a pleasure to meet you!

Daria.

Carolina Savoldi

14th, January 1994,  Milano

Even though common sense, as it happens, appears not to be that common of late, I do love to eat it for breakfast, it goes without saying for someone with a Finance Bachelor Degree. It is curiosity, however, that led me to Shanghai for an internship at RSA Asia, a leading tax and advisory firm in East Asia. If the Desire to know is what made me take a plane to China, persistence is what kept me there.

Sure as winter, I wear cloth of resolution and reflexive fur in cold times, as any Capricorn has the right to. Changing weather, changing habits, changing armor, dreams and fickleness in summer time are the gin to my tonic. Given that, I went to London in September 2016 for a Master of Science in International Business at Hult Business School, a disruptive and multicultural environment.

Slippery surfaces are indeed my cup of tea, having experienced an exchange program at an early stage (during my 4th year of High School), I learned to appreciate and look for challenges on both professional and personal level.

From Finance to International Business and Luxury Management, a penny for my thoughts? Method to my madness, open-mindedness is my parachute. Combining analytic knowledge with a passion for creative problem solving and the Made in Italy craftsmanship, I am currently enrolled in the International Luxury Management Master at the Sole 24 Ore Business School.

 

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About me: Arianna Bosatelli

 

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The best way to know me quickly? Read this short presentation about myself!

Let’s start with personal details: I’m 23 years old, from Pedrengo, a small city very close to Bergamo, where I live with my family. The strongest relationship I have is with my grandma because she raised me, so she has a special place in my heart. I’m very lucky because I have six best friends, not that kind of “best friends” you are thinking while you are reading, they are really my strength, they are the sisters I have never had. We have been friends since we were little.

I’m neither shy nor bold, I prefer to listen instead of talk, especially when I have no relationship with people I am talking to. But generally I have no problems making friends.

Moving to something less sentimental… I’m a very active
: I enjoy doing sports. I have played volleyball for 15 years and now I do Crossfit. In winter I love skiing and snowboarding too.

If you were asking, yes, I can’t live only doing sport, that’s why I’m studying to build my work career.

I studied languages (English, German and French) at high school in Bergamo, then I moved to Corporate Economy at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo, and after the three years degree I decided to continue with a master in Luxury management in Milan at Il Sole 24 Ore.

To conclude I’m very happy to do this master because I think it will be very interesting to connect the economic base I have with my passion that is the luxury world in general.

What I expect from my future? Hopefully follow a great career in this field and be happy, always.

 

 

 

About me: Francesca Borroni

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Milanese since 1992, but with some waves of American and French culture.

Fashion and luxury have always been my passions and I’ve always known that this is the world I want to be involved with in my future career. That’s why I graduated at Istituto Marangoni Milano with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Business.

After some really interesting and stimulating work experience in YOOX NET-A-PORTER Group and Safilo Group, in the PR and Events department, I am now keen to gain more competences in the luxury industry.

In my spare time you can find me cooking cakes in my kitchen, playing tennis or hiking and skiing in the stunning Alps.

About me: Francesca Perego

Curious, enthusiastic and determined.

My name is Francesca, I’m 23 years old and I live in Lecco, a small town located on the southeastern shores of Lake Como. I’ve graduated with a degree in Linguistic Sciences and Economics at the University “Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” in Milan and then I’ve travelled for 6 months around Australia.

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Starting from the quote ‘the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page’ (St. Augustine), I can transmit the idea that travelling and discovering new places and cultures is my biggest passion. We have a lot to experience and so much to learn, face the life always smiling is my motto.

Travelling around the world, I saw how strong the reputation and the potentiality of the Luxury and Made in Italy sector is worldwide and this is why I decided to join this International Master course in Luxury Management. Deepening my knowledge and acquiring the necessary skills, my desire is defining my path in the luxury field in order to provide a crucial contribution to this market.

My idea of Luxury

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

If I had to use just one word to describe what luxury means to me, I would say “uniqueness”.

Every luxury piece can be considered as if it were a piece of art, since behind the product there is a huge process made up of small steps which require a lot of time, such as the design of the item, the search for the proper raw materials, the assembly of every piece and the meticulous attention to details. And of course the result can be nothing but a high-quality item.

There are many concepts in my mind that can be linked to the idea of luxury from my point of view. An amazing haute couture tailor-made dress full of shiny stones, which can be worn for a special night; an unforgettable vacation in a wonderful hotel, where you can be pampered all day long and live a unique experience; but also a timeless piece of jewelry, such as a diamond ring, which was given to you by a special person on a special occasion.collage1

The fields I’m really interested in are quite different: fashion, jewelry, food and wine, but also hôtellerie.

I would like to know more about the experiential luxury in every field and I strongly believe that apart from developing my skills in the luxury industry, this path will for sure deepen my knowledge on this subject.

 

Sara Saladino

Who is Francesco?

Sardinian, cosmopolitan and a lover of travel, Francesco Oppo is a 22 year old guy with a bachelor in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture and Communication at Bocconi University, Milan.

He has a strong passion for fashion and all that regards luxury, which is why he chose to apply to the International Luxury Management at “IlSole24Ore Business School”.

What does he expect from this master program?

Learn how to manage the delicate balance between creativity and business in this growing segment of the market, acquiring operational and managerial skills and be ready to enter in this world.

Lust has no mercy.

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About me: Sara Saladino

Hi there,

I am a 22-year-old girl from a small town in Brianza and I graduated in languages for business at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, where I studied English and German, but I also speak French, since I have been studying it for eight years.

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I’m open-minded, determined and always willing to learn something new, even though it could look like I’m a bit shy at first sight.

In my spare time I like reading on the sofa, doing shopping, cooking and baking, but also going for long walks alone when I feel stressed or just to relax a little bit.

I’m passionate about traveling and since I have visited many countries in the past few years I understood how much Italy is loved abroad: from fashion, to design, to food and wine (just to name a few fields), we are one of the best countries in the world, able to mix culture and innovation at the same time.

I am now attending this Master program in Luxury Management because I have always been fascinated by the idyllic luxury world and I strongly believe we should value Made in Italy and promote our country.

You can find me on LinkedIn: LinkedIn: Sara Saladino