Barbara Franchin

ITS Founder & Director

Barbara Franchin is the founder and soul of ITS – International Talent Support.
She was born and raised in Trieste, a town with a privileged and decentralized point of view, far from the established capitals of design, allowing an ideal pure and unfiltered perspective, free from a mainstream vision of the world. In 2001 she launched EVE, a one-of-a-kind agency with a key strength: an eclectic, dedicated and passionate team.
The following year she launched the first edition of ITS, selecting the strongest young talents from all over the world and hosting them in Trieste for a grand final event with over 400 guests: journalists, trendsetters, opinion leaders, and major representatives of the fashion system. In 2006 she founded the Cultural Association EVE – Creativity Research Lab, aimed at supporting and promoting educational activities in the artistic and cultural fields.
Her love and will to preserve, catalogue and display these unique expressions of creativity led to the creation of the ITS Creative Archive, a collection like no other, which traces the history of contemporary fashion evolution. The Archive holds 18,000 portfolios, over 240 outfits, 125 accessories, 86 jewellery pieces and over 700 digital photography projects from over 80 countries. By building and fueling the ITS Creative Archive she has laid the foundations of ITS Arcademy, a global training ground for creativity.

Mika

Singer & Songwriter

Starting with his 2007 debut with “Grace Kelly,” MIKA has sold over 10 million records and is a certified Gold and Platinum artist in 32 countries worldwide with his 5 studio albums. He is Grammy-nominated, won a Brit Award and is a chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Legion d’Honneur in France. He has created and designed a one man show for Italy’s public tv channel Rai2 called “Stasera CasaMika” and recently conceived and produced the Youtube streaming charity show “I ❀ Beirut”. Along side with his musical activities, he designs and creates all of his visuals along with his sister Yasmine Penniman, a.k.a DaWack. Together they created MIKA STUDIO and have designed for brands such as Coca Cola, Swatch, Lozza, Pilot and Lotus/Tempo. Upcoming projects include a visual design book and a major multimedia installation.

Carlo Capasa

Chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana

Carlo Capasa is Chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, the association that represents Italian fashion houses and promotes the country’s excellence in this industry abroad. Elected President in 2015 to orchestrate a relaunching of the Association, Capasa has given it a strategic vision focusing on four pillars: sustainability, digitalization, new brands and storytelling. Under Carlo Capasa’s guidance, CNMI has become the leading exponent of sustainability amongst fashion industry associations with its publication in 2016 of the first “Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for articles of clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories”, the “CNMI principles for sustainable retailing” (2017) and its “Guidelines on eco-toxicological requisites for chemical mixtures and industrial discharges” (2018), the “Scientific Research on the Bioavailability of Cancer Aromatic Amines” (2018), the “Global Sustainability Report – Sustainability matters, but does it sell?” (2019) in collaboration with Mc Kinsey & Company; and the “Manifesto on Diversity and Inclusion” (2019). Carlo Capasa also launched the first “International Roundtable on Sustainability”, now at its third edition, addressing fashion business CSR managers all over the world. He opened the first three editions of the “Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia” (produced in collaboration with Livia Firth), and three exhibitions: “Crafting the Future of Fashion, stories of Craftsmanship and Innovation”, curated by Franca Sozzani, “Italiana. Italy seen by Fashion. 1971- 2001”, curated by Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, and “Memos. On Fashion in this Millenium” curated by Maria Luisa Frisa. He was born in Lecce, Puglia, and moved to Milan completing his studies. Before taking over the chair at Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Carlo Capasa held key roles in numerous fashion businesses in what has been a rich and successful career. Until March 2016, when the company was sold to a Japanese group, Carlo Capasa held the position of CEO of Costume National, the Maison he founded with his brother Ennio in 1986.

Paola Antonelli

Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator at The Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. Her most recent exhibition, Neri Oxman: Material Ecology, opened at MoMA in February 2020. She is also currently working on an iteration of Broken Nature that will be on view at MoMA starting in the fall of 2020, and on @design.emergency, an Instagram and book project on the role of design in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in collaboration with critic Alice Rawsthorn.

Stefania Ricci

Director of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and Fondazione Ferragamo

A graduate of the University of Florence, holds a degree in Humanities with an emphasis on Art History. Stefania Ricci began collaborating with the Galleria del Costume, Palazzo Pitti and with Pitti Immagine in 1984, overseeing the organisation of exhibitions and the publication of catalogues like La Sala Bianca: nascita della moda italiana (Electa) in 1992, in addition to the Emilio Pucci exhibition (Skira) for the 1996 Florence Art and Fashion Biennale. In 1985, Ricci curated the first retrospective on Salvatore Ferragamo at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and various stops along its tour at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (1987), the Los Angeles County Museum (1992), the Sogetsu Kai Foundation in Tokyo (1998) and Museo des Bellas Artes in Mexico City (2006), as she began organising the company’s archives. In 1995, she was appointed Director of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo where she still works and oversees cultural events around the world. Since then, she has curated all the exhibitions organised by the museum and the exhibition catalogues, including Audrey Hepburn. A Woman, the Style (Leonardo Arte, 1999), Evolving Legend Salvatore Ferragamo 1928-2008 (Skira, 2009), Greta Garbo. The mystery of Style (Skira, 2010), Marilyn (Skira, 2012), The Amazing Shoemaker (Skira, 2013), Equilibrium (Skira, 2014) and A Palace and the City (Skira, 2015), Across Art and Fashion (Mandragora, 2016), 1927 The Return to Italy (Skira, 2017), Italy in Hollywood (Skira, 2018), Sustainable Thinking (Electa, 2019). In 2019, she was appointed as a member of the Study Commission for the identification of public policies for the protection, conservation, enhancement and use of Italian fashion as cultural heritage. She was named Director of Fondazione Ferragamo in 2013.

Renzo Rosso

President of OTB

Born in 1955 near Padua, Italy, Renzo Rosso created his first pair of self-produced jeans when he was only 15. In 1978 Rosso established his own brand, Diesel, which has since become a symbol of alternative lifestyle all over the world. His groundbreaking marketing strategies, which have shaped his brand since the very beginning, have garnered an amazing series of recognitions and awards at the global level.
Today, Renzo Rosso is the President of OTB, the parent company of iconic brands Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Viktor&Rolf, Amiri, and of state-of-the-art companies Staff International, and Brave Kid. OTB’s 2019 revenues exceeded 1.5 billion Euro.
In 2008 Renzo Rosso launched OTB Foundation which so far has invested in over 250 social projects around the world, benefitting the lives of more than 250,000 people. The foundation has carried out concrete initiatives in our country, financing the restoration of the Rialto Bridge in Venice, and supporting communities struck by the earthquake in central Italy. During the Covid-19 emergency, the foundation donated almost one million units of PPE and specialized equipment to hospitals, homes for the elderly and other facilities in the small centers of Italy, and incurred the costs of positive asymptomatic during the period of fiduciary isolation outside the home. It has also supplied basic necessities and pharmaceuticals to many families facing serious economic problems. OTB Foundation supports several innovative and sustainable projects around the world focusing on women, the young and integration.

Sara Sozzani Maino

Deputy Editor in Chief Vogue Italia, Head of Vogue Talents & International Brand Ambassador Camera Nazionale dell Moda Italiana

Sara Sozzani Maino’s fashion history began in 1991 at the newly opened 10 Corso Como in Milan. In 1994, she became an intern at Vogue Italia. Today, as deputy director of Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents, Sara continues to oversee this important international project created with Franca Sozzani in 2009. Vogue Talents is both an editorial and online project; a network that scouts and supports the best emerging creative talents in womenswear, menswear, accessories as well as fashion photography around the world. A platform that creates connections between designers and the fashion industry, for a decade Vogue Talents has supported the growth of opportunities and new collaborations between the industry and the new generation of young designers around the globe. In coordination with Altaroma, she has overseen the contest Who is on Next? This contest aims to support Made in Italy. It has helped to promote designers such as Marco de Vincenzo, Paula Andrew (now creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo) and many more. A regular attendee at global talent spotting committees, Sara serves as a judge in several fashion competitions, including LVMH’s prize , the International Talent Support (ITS), Woolmark Prize, Fashion Trust Arabia and many more. As the global fashion market expands, travels throughout Asia and America, with visits to Africa and Australia meeting with up and coming designers is a big part of her work. Her time and attention over the past decade has brought forward relationships of great depth as young careers have grown. Since September 2018 she has been the International Brand Ambassador for Camera Nazionale della moda Italiana while continuing her duties supporting a variety of initiatives dedicated to talents under the Vogue Italia umbrella. Of special interest is the collaboration with yoox.com focused on sustainability called The Next Green Talent. The Vogue Talents 2019 February issue is dedicated to sustainability. Titled, The New Frontiers of Awareness, this issue is a tool for the new generation to become more conscious of the what is happening now in the field of fashion sustainability, and what new directions this emerging field is undertaking. In February 2020 launched in collaboration with Yoox the VogueYooxChallenge – The future of responsible fashion. In April 2020 launched with Camera Moda Fashion Trust and Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana a fund to support the new generation of designers made in italy due to the emergency covid19. The fund raising is called TogetherForToorrow.

Carlo Giordanetti

Management Swatch International, CEO Swatch Art Peace Hotel

Carlo Giordanetti is member of the Product & Design Committee of Swatch Ltd. As CEO of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, he in charge of developing the project as a strategic element of the overall brand program. He comes to Swatch from Montblanc (2007-2012), where he served as Creative Director for all product groups. Previously, as Co-Founder and Creative Director of Brand DNA (2000-2007), he specialized in the development of branding concepts and brand (re)positioning in the luxury goods market. Carlo also brings extensive experience at Swatch to his new role. For ten years (1987-1992 and 1995-2000) he served in a variety of positions, including Vice President, Marketing, contributing actively to numerous projects involving art, brand-building events, new product development and the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. He was also a member of the team that founded both the Milan and New York design labs of Swatch. From 2012 to 2019 he has been Creative Director at Swatch, responsible for a unified brand message across product, communications and retail. From 1992-1995 Mr. Giordanetti worked at Piaggio, makers of Vespa scooters, where he established a new retail concept and directed the company’s first international communications campaign. He is fluent in several European languages and has lived and worked in Milan, Florence, New York, Paris, Hamburg, Zurich and now Bern.

Andrea Rosso

Creative Director Diesel Licensed Products & Founder of MYAR

Curiosity and passion are the two most distinguishing traits of Andrea Rosso’s personality. Born and raised in Bassano del Grappa, Andrea relishes living in his hometown where he can be close to his friends and family, and the lifelong creature comforts that fuel his creativity. Music, graphic art and flea markets are all important pursuits that help him steer his passion to exciting new heights. Andrea is a descendant of Diesel, so it comes as no surprise that he was instinctively drawn to the fashion business. In preparation, he studied pattern cutting in Padua, Italy, but it was while studying English in California that he discovered a love for nonconformist skills such as graphics, art and a passion for all things vintage. From there, he went on to New York to study Textile Development and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and ultimately, to begin conceiving his role inside the family business. Former Creative Director for 55DSL, since 2012 Andrea is the creative director of all Diesel licensed products (fragrances with L’Oreal, watches and jewelry with Fossil, eyewear with Marcolin, a living collection with Moroso for furniture, Lodes for lighting, Scavolini for kitchen and bathroom, Seletti for tableware, Berti for wooden flooring, Iris for ceramic tiles and Mirabello Carrara for home linen). In his role, he coordinates the creative design team in the development of new products, and guides the image and worldwide communication of all Diesel licensed products, with the aim to build a truly complete lifestyle brand. In 2014 Andrea launched his own fashion project collecting all his passions: MYAR, a collection of used military originals that Andrea personally sourced in vintage markets and visited old depots hunting for functional details and fabrics and accessories no longer in production. After being sartorially refashioned, each garment acquires a contemporary fit and brings the history of the past into the present, looking into a future use. 2020 marks a new beginning for Diesel and Andrea, taking on new roles in the form of Diesel Sustainability Ambassador and Upcycling Artistic Director. In January, Diesel launched the brands ‘For Responsible Living’ strategy, a commitment to taking actions for the benefit of current and future generations. This was closely followed by the launch of Diesel Upcycling For, the first major initiative aligned with the strategy and brainchild of Andrea. With Andrea’s passion and enthusiasm for a more sustainable future leading the way, the launch of ‘For Responsible Living’ signified the beginning of a meaningful journey for Diesel. Building upon its philosophy and positive disruptive outlook, Diesel formally committed to implementing a responsible business strategy that is respectful of people and the planet.

Luca Rizzi

PITTI Immagine Tutoring & Consulting Director

Born in 1984 in Trento, after his initial studies in Economics and Business Management, Luca Rizzi completed a Master’s degree in Management at the European School of Economics in Milan. Here, Luca acquired the knowledge needed to start his job-career in Futurenet Group (now called Tomorrow Ltd), where he was involved both in the commercial developments and in the communications, dealing with global brands as Raf Simons. Evisu, True Religion, Vince and Ksubi. He then went on to work for Cernobbio, owner of the historic brand Metradamo, where he managed relations with Italian and international clients. In 2011, he arrived in LAGENTE, an important company focused on fashion designers. Strong from this experience, in 2013, he founded CREATIVE AND MORE, a Business and Strategic Consultancy firm, which acts as a platform of strategic networking between companies of the fashion system and fashion designers. In November 2018 he is appointed as the new Tutoring & Consulting director, the Pitti Immagine division launched in January 2016, which is aimed at helping and guiding talented designers in their professional pathway.

Valerie Steele

Director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has organized more than two dozen exhibitions since 1997, including The Corset: Fashioning the Body; Gothic: Dark Glamour; A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk; Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color; and Paris, Capital of Fashion. She is also the author or editor of more than 25 books, including Paris Fashion, Women of Fashion, Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power, The Corset, The Berg Companion to Fashion, and Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT. Her books have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. In addition, she is founder and editor in chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, the first scholarly journal in Fashion Studies. Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale PhD) with the rare ability to communicate with general audiences. As author, curator, editor, and public intellectual, Valerie Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising awareness of the cultural significance of fashion. She has appeared on many television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Undressed: The Story of Fashion. Described in The Washington Post as one of “fashion’s brainiest women” and by Suzy Menkes as “The Freud of Fashion,” she was listed as one of “The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry” in the Business of Fashion 500: (2014 to the present).

Angelo Flaccavento

Independent Fashion Critic and Curator

Angelo Flaccavento is an independent fashion critic and curator. He works from Sicily, constantly traveling on assignments for Italian and international publications. He is a columnist for The Business of Fashion, Vogue Italia and Il Sole 24 Ore. He curated the exhibition Il signor Nino for Fondazione Pitti Discovery in Florence in 2015 and with the mentoring of Pitti Immagine he created the tv series Le Italie della Moda broadcasted by Sky Arte HD in the autumn of 2014.

Orsola de Castro

Founder and Global Creative Director Fashion Revolution

Orsola de Castro is an internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Her career started as a designer with the pioneering upcycling label From Somewhere, which she launched in 1997 until 2014. Her designer collaborations include collections for Jigsaw, Tesco, Speedo, and 4 best selling capsule collections for Topshop from 2012 to 2014. In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council initiative Estethica at London Fashion Week, which she curated until 2014. In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign with participation in over 90 countries around the world. Orsola is a regular key note speaker and mentor, Associate Lecturer at UAL, as well as Central Saint Martins Visiting Fellow. Her first book, Loved Clothes Last, will be published by Penguin Life in early 2021.

Kiki Smith

Artist

Kiki Smith has been known since the 1980s for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and textiles. Smith has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide including over 25 museum exhibitions. Her work has been featured at five Venice Biennales, including the 2017 edition. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2017 was awarded the title of Honorary Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Previously, Smith was recognized in 2006 by TIME Magazine as one of the “TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World.” Other awards include the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000; the 2009 Edward MacDowell Medal; the 2010 Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, Purchase College School of the Arts; the 2013 U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts, conferred by Hillary Clinton; and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, among others. She is an adjunct professor at NYU and Columbia University.

Stavros Karelis

Founder & Buying Director of the London concept store MACHINE-A & Buying Director of the SHOWstudio online store

Stavros Karelis is the Founder & Buying Director of the London concept store MACHINE-A & Buying Director of the SHOWstudio online store. Stavros is also a member of the NEWGEN womenswear and menswear committee, member of the jury panel of the IFS , the LCF MA, the Westminster MA & the RCA selection panels. Karelis has also been the guest judge for the L’OrĂ©al Professionnel Award for the CSM MA 2019. Voted by GQ in the list of 35 most successful men under 38, Highsnobiety’s list of 15 biggest stylish influencers and most recently in BOF 500 list from 2016 until now, Stavros’ dedication to emerging talent has been such, that he constantly discovers, promotes & consults for a great number of emerging designers and helps them to get established with successful careers in the fashion industry. Stavros is also the curator of a number of projects including Copenhagen’s International Fashion Fair Special Projects Area for 2018/19 editions, as well as working as the Creative Consultant for the Onassis Foundation, where he recently curated the project SWEAT for the Athens Biennale.

Luca Josi

Head of Brand Strategy, Media e Multimedia division of TIM

Luca Josi, born in Albenga, Italy, in 1966. A former professional journalist, he was the secretary of the Movimento Giovanile Socialista (the Italian youth socialist movement) from 1991 to 1994 and was in PSI’s (Italian Socialist Party) Direction and Executive in those same years. He founded the Einstein Multimedia group acting as its President from 1994 to 2013. He founded the Patto Generazionale in 2007. He is currently a board member of Fondazione TIM and heads over the Brand Strategy, Media e Multimedia division of TIM (he is director of communication, of commercial and sports sponsorships, of events, media and commercial and multimedia content for TIMVISION, TIMMUSIC and TIMGAMES).

Tim Blanks

Editor-at-large, The Business of Fashion

Tim Blanks is editor-at-large for the website The Business of Fashion. He has been covering fashion around the world since 1985, originally as host of the CBC’s globally syndicated television show Fashion File, and most recently as editor-at-large for Style.com, reviewing and filming collections – womenswear, menswear and haute couture – in the world’s fashion capitals. In addition, Tim has written on fashion and entertainment for a number of international magazines and newspapers, including Another, LOVE, Interview, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has alsocontributed to monographs on, among others, Alexander McQueen, Michael Roberts, Dolce&Gabbana, Walter Van Beirendonck, Bottega Veneta and Dries Van Noten. In May 2013, he was honoured by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard, the industry’s top award for fashion journalism.

Deanna Ferretti

Entrepreneur

Deanna Ferretti Veroni started her career in Reggio Emilia, Italy, more than 50 years ago. She has since then successfully collaborated with some of the most important designers of this past century. She met Kenzo when she was barely 25 years old and with him she worked successfully for over 20 years. During the 70’s she collaborated with Yves Saint Laurent (Tricot e Variation), Rena Kraft, Chiwitt, Frapp, Luis London, Blaky Dress, Giorgio Correggiari, Popy Moreni and Michelle Bruyere. In the 80’s she started to have her first licences with Adrienne Vittadini, Armani and Joseph. Their collections were drawn by John Galliano and John Richmond. In the 90’s, she worked for Martin Margiela, Gai Mattiolo, Valentino, Neil Barret and for many others brands. She has a wide experience in textiles and knitwear but she cannot be called neither a fashion designer nor simply a business woman. Actually, she is an atypical figure born to realise almost every designer’s dream. Deanna also continues to collaborate with several schools and always loves to work with young people. In 2016, she founded, together with her daughter Sonia Veroni and Accademia Costume & Moda, the Creative Knitwear Design Master, where young talents can discover and study all the knitwear aspects. Miss Deanna is a symbol of originality and quality.

Patricia Urquiola

Architect & Designer

Patricia Urquiola studied architecture and design at the Universidad PolitĂ©cnica de Madrid (Technical University of Madrid) and completed her studies at the Politecnico di Milano (Technical University of Milan) where graduated under the mentorship of Achille Castiglioni. In Spain, she was awarded the Golden Medal for Merits in Art and received the Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic. In 2001 she founded her own studio where she specialised in industrial product design, architecture (hotel trade, retail, homes, exhibitions and installations), art direction and strategy consulting. Patricia Urquiola has been the Creative Director of Cassina since 2015 and works with important design companies, including Moroso, Driade, Flos, GAN, Andreu World, Glas Italia, Kettal, Kvadrat and international groups such as Haworth, BMW, Boeing, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Four Seasons, Marriott Group, Starbucks, Ferrari and Swarovski. Patricia Urquiola is part of the advisory board of the Politecnico of Milan university and the Triennale Milano Museum. She taught the master’s degree in Interior Design at the Domus Academy in Milan (2013-2015) and has given lectures at Harvard University, Michigan University, Shenkar School of Engineering and Design in Israel, at the Alvar Aalto Academy in Finland, at the State University and Bocconi University in Milan. She has also given talks at countless cultural events, such as Design Shanghai, Design Week in Istanbul, the Expressive Design conference at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, the Bloomberg Design Conference in San Francisco, Festarch Perugia, the Mind Festival in Sarzana and the Mantova Literature Festival, among other events in Italy. Patricia Urquiola’s work is exhibited in many art and design museums across the world, including the MOMA in New York, the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris, the Triennale Museum in Milan, the Design Museum in Monaco, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Design Museum in Zurich, the Stedelijk Museum of modern and contemporary art in Amsterdam and the Philadelphia Art Museum. She has been named Designer of the Year by Wallpaper, Elle Decor International, AD España and Architecktur und Wohnen among other magazines.

Christelle Kocher

Founder & Creative Director KOCHÉ

Christelle Kocher is the Founder and Creative Director of KOCHÉ, a fashion brand established in Paris in 2015. KOCHÉ DNA is based on elevated Couture know-how, crossed with streetwear inspirations and an artistic approach. KOCHÉ shows its collections at Paris Fashion Week and collaborates with brands such as Nike, Pucci and Converse. KOCHÉ has a strategic agreement with Renzo Rosso’s OTB group for production and distribution. A graduate from Central Saint Martins, Christelle Kocher worked for Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, ChloĂ© and Martine Sitbon. In parallel with KOCHÉ, she is also the artistic director of Maison LemariĂ©, Chanel mĂ©tier d’art. KOCHÉ won the ANDAM grand prize in 2019.

Carlo Bach

Art Director illycaffé

Carlo Bach was born in Cologne in 1967. He is an artist, with numerous exhibitions both in Italy and abroad. Since 1999 he collaborates on the artistic projects of illycaffĂš – a company which has chosen creativity as a language through which it expresses its own values and philosophy – and became Art Director in 2005. He develops collaborations with the most renowned contemporary artists as well as with emerging talents, working on experimental art projects to then translate such experiences into the realization of the illy Art Collection, the signature espresso cups that are now a cult. He is also responsible for the projects that the company develops in the fields of communication and design, among which the Illy Gallery – the temporary space imagined to describe illy’s world of passions to the public – and the Coffee Pavillion created for the Milan Expo in 2015. He lives in Udine, Italy.

Stefano Martinetto

CEO Tomorrow Holdings Ltd

Stefano Martinetto is chief executive of Tomorrow London, a diversified fashion group whose mission is to champion and foster the power of entrepreneurial creativity within the global fashion industry. A business accelerator and development partner for emerging and established fashion talent, Tomorrow empowers designers and enables them to realise their full potential, whilst ensuring they retain their identity and creative control. Tomorrow operates a breadth of services including brand consultancy, showroom and distribution, atelier, digital strategy and experiential retailing. Each service offers designers the solutions and tools for successful and sustainable growth. Martinetto’s innate understanding of the fashion industry comes from life-long immersion. As the fourth generation, Martinetto started his career in the family agency, A-L-E-X, before starting his own venture by partnering with game-changing designers including Walter Von Bereindonk, Dirk Bikkembers and Helmut Lang, plus Puma Black Station, Evisu and Raf Simons. With a vision to build Tomorrow into an integrated group offering multiple services to brands and designers to support them in achieving their own ambitions, in 2011 Martinetto lead a merger between his Italian operations and Saturday Group – creating Tomorrow London. He and his partner Giancarlo Simiri took this over in November 2015 via an MBO, supported by Three Hills Capital Partners. A further investment from Renzo Rosso brought the total funding to $26 million. 2017 saw the acquisition of 470MM, now Tomorrow Consulting, and Todo Srl, an Italian-based footwear and accessories production Company. 2018 has seen the acquisition of J6, a ready-to-wear atelier of highly- skilled artisans. Notably, in January 2018, Tomorrow announced its first IP investment into A Cold Wall by Samuel Ross, and Polythene Optics. Stefano Martinetto is also an investor in Ubooker, the disruptive direct model booking platform, and You Concept, an events company.

Anna Burchardt

Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

Anna Burchardt is a curator and writer based in Brooklyn. As a Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Modern Art, she has co-organised with Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design, the exhibitions Neri Oxman: Material Ecology and Energy. She has previously collaborated with the curatorial teams that organised Items: Is Fashion Modern? at The Museum of Modern Art, and Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival at the Triennale di Milano. Her writing has been published by Art21 Magazine, where she was also a contributing editor, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. Originally from BogotĂĄ, Colombia, she holds an MA in Visual Culture from New York University and a Bachelor of Laws from the Universidad de los Andes.

Lucinda Chambers

Co-Founder of Colville and Collagerie

Lucinda Chambers studied at Hornsey College of Art and started her career by selling handmade jewelry on Portobello Market. She went on to become Grace Coddington’s assistant at British Vogue and later left to become Fashion Director of ELLE when it launched in the UK. Returning to British Vogue under the Editorship of Alexandra Shulman, Lucinda was the Fashion Director for 25 years. Whilst contributing to magazines, Lucinda also consulted for fashion houses including Prada, Jil Sanders and Marni, as well as working with numerous high-street brands. Now Lucinda contributes to American Vogue and other independent magazines as well as launching a clothing line, Colville, with co-founders Molly Molloy and Kristin Forss. In 2019, Lucinda and former Vogue editor Serena Hood launched Collagerie, a digital shopping platform covering fashion, interiors and beauty. 

Giancarlo Simiri

Business Partner Tomorrow Holdings Ltd

Giancarlo Simiri is the co-founder of Tomorrow, and has over 20 years’ experience within the luxury fashion industry. He Joined Stefano Martinetto in 2008 as commercial director of Futurenet Group. Giancarlo has been a key driver of Tomorrow’s success and has grown the business to over £100 million, helping successfully launch several leading brands into the international arena. Widely regarded as having an eye for spotting new talent globally, Giancarlo has formed relationships with designers, factories and retailers, laying down the foundation of what Tomorrow is today.

Yasmine Penniman

Illustrator

Yasmine Penniman, a.k.a DaWack, is a Lebanese-American illustrator. She has worked with her brother, singer-songwriter Mika, to create his colourful visual universe since hand-illustrating his first album “Life In Cartoon Motion” in 2006. DaWack illustrates and co-creates visuals for album covers, posters, books, merchandise and stage design. She has designed collaborative merchandise for brands including Coca Cola, Swatch, Pilot and Lotus/Tempo.

Yasmine Penniman has lived and worked in London, Paris, Beijing and New York. She studied Chinese and Contemporary Art before embarking her career in illustration and design.