The Confessions series is designed to introduce a successful woman. Regardless of her age, race, religion, class, ethnicity, or wealth; just a successful woman with her own definition of success. From a young entrepreneur to a mature woman with a blissful career, all of them are role models.
I lived in Miami long enough to know not to blink when peacocks cross the street. I am originally from Viareggio, Tuscany, the same region where Marquis Emilio Pucci and Guccio Gucci were born.
With a degree in Fashion Sociology and a master’s in Mass Media and Communication from the University of Florence, I have dedicated my entire career to fashion and style. My personal life choices have led me to live in fashion capitals like Milan, Paris and London, and sealed what’s recognized as unmistakable knack for mixing sartorial garments, local market finds, and vintage.
People always complimented my chic style and wanted to dress like me, to my constant surprise. They admired my unpretentious taste and ability to put things together with nonchalance. I felt compelled to work diligently to capture the essence of my process, extracted a concentrate, and created the tools for every woman to achieve the same flair by adapting their wardrobe to the Italian style. This is how my book The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style came to life.
What early life events have influenced your view of wealth?
The lack of it and my mother’s prominent unhappiness because of the lack of it, brought me to disregard wealth in an attempt of living a happy life. My wealth is now related to my own spiritual life and the joy that is my daughter.
What role does work play in your life?
I have a great job that I respect and I’m grateful for, as it gives me the opportunity to use my fertile imagination, have time to spend with my daughter and allows me to cultivate my career, that is my real passion.
If you could solve any problem, what would it be?
What have been non-financial influences on your efforts to build wealth?
My maternal grandparents, nonno Bruno and Nonna Titti, they taught me humility and dignity.
What do you most enjoy in terms of spending?
I love spending money on traveling and clothing.
What can money not buy?
Happiness and education as in manners, respect and dignity.
What defines someone else as wealthy?
A luxurious lifestyle, yet understated, reserved and aristocratic, not nouveau riche and bold. Wealth and luxury are first a state of mind. Wealth is not solely represented by abundance of money.
My wealth makes me feel………
At peace with my life.
What part has your gender played in the development of your wealth?
The part that I didn’t get the chance to accumulate material wealth.
What does wealth give you the freedom to do?
Time to give back to the community and to the less fortunate.