Marco Bizzarri on Tapping Alessandro Michele at Gucci

I DID IT MY WAY: “It was extreme luck,” said a relaxed Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci, of tapping Alessandro Michele as creative director of the brand almost four years ago.
A week after Gucci reported a 35.1 percent jump in organic sales to 2.1 billion euros in the third quarter, Bizzarri went over the stages of the remarkable trajectory of the brand under his lead and that of Michele during Altagamma’s first Next Design Perspectives event in Milan on Tuesday. “It was the first time I had the opportunity to choose the designer to work with,” said Bizzarri, recalling his first meeting with Michele at his home in Rome, surrounded by antiques and wearing his fur loafers, which he designed for himself and which would become best-selling and trend-setting items globally.
“The personal connection is as important as talent, and it was more an emotional rather than a rational choice; he was aligned with me,” said the executive, pointing to Michele’s different vision for Gucci from what had been done in the past. “I would love to say it was a formula, but there is a huge dose of luck, I did it my way and it

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Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri, Farfetch’s José Neves to Be Honored at The New School’s Parsons Benefit

PARSONS TAKES TWO: Two fashion forces — Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri and Farfetch’s José Neves — will be the guests of honor at The New School’s 70th Parsons benefit.
Gucci’s president and chief executive officer and Farfetch’s founder and ceo will be saluted not only for their leadership and innovation, but also for their commitment to sustainability. The executives join the ranks of such other previous honorees as Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker.
In commending Bizzarri and Neves for “fostering innovative and inclusive design,” Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons School of Design, said, “Parsons was founded upon the idea that design can change the world, and our honorees are creating positive change that will impact the industry for years to come.”
Bizzarri, who joined the Kering Group in 2005, took over the helm at Gucci in 2015. With the creative direction of Alessandro Michele, he has seen the label’s sales launch skyward. The Italian house’s sales last year rose beyond 6 billion euros. Bizzarri has racked up all sorts of awards for the Italian label’s turnaround in recent years, including the British Fashion Council’s Business Leader of the Year award in 2016 and

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