By  on October 25, 2019

ROME —  “I want to go back to school,” said Marco Bizzarri, feeling the emotion of the 50 finalists of Gucci’s Design Fellowship Program in the frescoed room of Rome’s beautiful 14th-century Palazzo Taverna on Thursday evening. To be sure, it was an night to be remembered by the aspiring young designers that are part of the program, but Gucci’s president and chief executive officer, flanked by the brand’s creative director Alessandro Michele and several of their respective teams in the audience, were equally moved by the response and feelings of the students. “Being exposed to different cultures is the best way to flourish,” said Bizzarri, praising Michele’s willingness to open up his design studio. “You need to be very brave and confident to do collaborations and see with different eyes. In most cases, people want to control, but for longevity, you need to leverage creativity and be open-minded.”

To continue reading this article...