A Pinch of Salt

This section features personal reflections, comments, insights, and any other content that adds a pinch of salt to the understanding of business.

Is fashion facing a grass-root revolution? | Panel

Fashion is definitely rooted in change. However, besides the change of styles and looks, can the business of fashion change itself to better address the challenges of today and lead the future? And how do technology and digital fashion play into it? Looking forward to joining again the amazing...

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Time, Fashion, Circularity | Guest stalk at SDA Bocconi-Asia Center

I have been remotely invited at SDA Bocconi Asia Center to discuss with an engaged cohort of students and professionals how the modern fashion system came to be built on the social quest for novelty, and how circular business models need to factor that in when delivering value. It is all a matter of time:...

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“Fashion Forward”, Academy of Marketing | Conference

Yesterday I attended the conference “Fashion Forward: Let’s Talk Fashion With Conscience”, organised by the Digital Marketing & Analytics and the Sustainability Interest Groups from the Academy of Marketing. I shared a few reflections on the circular initiatives by luxury fashion brands and PSS companies. Whilst luxury brands present...

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Luxury Brands and Art Collaborations | IPOL Conference

I had the best couple days at the “In Pursuit of Luxury” conference, discussing with academics and practitioners the impact of luxury brands’ economic growth on craftsmanship and the making. I presented a paper looking at how art collaborations redefine luxury production, craftsmanship and the making. Launched in its...

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Luxury second-hand initiatives and circular fashion consumption | Book chapter

I am delighted to see my chapter included in the latest book edited by Dr. Annamma Joy (“New Directions in Art, Fashion and Wine”) Following the diffusion of the principles and practice of circular economy in the luxury sphere, an increasing number of luxury fashion brands and specialized product-service...

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The real value of sport’s memorabilia | Social media reel

I was recently asked to comment for Sotheby’s Institute of Art the recent Sotheby’s Michael Jordan sneaker auction, and how items such as sports-memorabilia attain value: The extreme price these items command is a reflection not only of their status as rarities, but also of the extreme cultural value...

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Salt, sea, love: luxury and the English sailors | history

Today I got the chance to visit Rye Castle (Ypres Tower), built in the 13th century in Rye Essex. Among the historical objects documenting the life of the sailors, smugglers and soldiers, these love token rolling pins: sailors would bring them full of salt to their families. Yet another...

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“How to launch a digital collection for an established brand?”| panel moderation

What a great discussion we had on our panel this afternoon with the amazing Costas Kazantsis (Fashion Innovation Agency at London College of Fashion), Louise Laing (Phygital Twin), Leanne Elliott- Young (Institute of Digital Fashion), Leslie Holden (The Digital Fashion Group), Ward de Kruiff (EPAM)! Part of the thought-provoking...

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The enduring allure of art and luxury| Podcast episode

Last week I had the pleasure to discuss with Ben Luke on “The Week in Art” podcast of The Art Newspaper [link here] about the origins and the trajectories of luxury brands and art collaborations, with a specific focus on the latest Yayoi Kusama X Louis Vuitton iteration. In the...

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Places, Luxury and …Pets | The Art Business Podcast

Last week I was invited to speak on “The Art Business podcast”, hosted by Dr. David Bellingham, Programme Director of the MA in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. We spoke about childhood memories, art, travels by camper vans and trains, luxury … and pets. We travelled across...

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