March was a busy month in terms of travel. For ESSEC’s MBA in International Luxury Brand Management, we had field trips to Hong Kong, Dubai and now Milan and Florence. It was incredible to visit all of these cities, meet people from different companies, and learn about the luxury industry in different regions. We even got to visit the Zegna textile factory and the Gucci shoe factory. I thought I’d share a few photos from the packed week in Italy.
Our first night in Milan, we had an amazing meal at Il Giardino dei Segreti. I had tagliata (thin cut rare beef) and spaghetti alla bottarga (spaghetti with fish roe) for the first time. They were both incredible and I would highly recommend the restaurant for an authentic, casual eatery.
The Ermenegildo Zegna textile factory visit was fascinating. It’s located up in the mountains in Trivero, a 2-hour drive from Milan. Not only did we learn how Zegna makes fabric from baby cashmere and vicuña, but we also got to visit the actual former family home, now called Casa Zegna. We got a full factory tour and I was shocked how big the facilities were with so many different machines. There are over 450 workers at the factory and 50 of the employees work on quality control. Casa Zegna is now a historical archive featuring the family and company’s history. Upstairs were the actual archives for the fabric and patterns. They were all housed in old books and I couldn’t believe we actual got to touch them. It was definitely a unique experience because the factory and Casa Zegna are not open to the public.
Florence was a short trip since we were only there for a day and a half. Besides company visits, we will able to squeeze in some time to visit the leather markets for “cheap” leather goods and have dinner close to the Piazza Della Repubblica.
And, of course, a trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Prada. My new love is this red leather Prada hunting bag in vernis saffiano. I have Grace to thank for telling me about this beautiful bag and I could not be happier with my purchase!