Born and raised in Florence, Italy, fashion has always been present in my life. My father, a former footwear buyer, is the one who led me to discover my passion. When I was little, all my friends played with dolls and cars. I played with the shoes my father would bring home, because I found them much more entertaining.
At the age of 16 I opened a street-style photography blog, one of the first at the time. I got the attention of the local media and was invited to attend verious events for Pitti, Florence Fashion Week.
I then earned a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Florence, spending the majority of my undergraduate years abroad, thanks to two merit-based scholarships that I was awarded. I wrote a thesis on the impact of fashion during Louis XIV’s reign and became fluent in French, English, and Hungarian.
With a keen entrepreneurial mind, after graduation, I worked for two years as a brand consultant, serving companies focused on fashion and technology, with an eye for economic and environmental sustainability. After some years of experience in the industry, I decided to relocate to the U.S. and pursue a graduate degree at Smith College, ranked #12 of Best Colleges in National Liberal Arts.
At Smith I had a concentration in Costume Design, and served as an assistant to Professor Kiki Smith, historic clothing collector and winner of the prestigious Village Voice OBIE award.
I am currently working on a special studies paper entitled “Interpreting Italian Fashion: America and the making of Italian style.” As indicated by the title, this project explores the essential aspects of marketing strategies, socio-economic changes, and sustainable practices that made Italian fashion a market worth $2.1 billion in the USA.