Alessandro Valenti is the senior vice president of European retail at Polo Ralph Lauren. He has spent nearly 15 years in the European fashion industry, working with Versace, Giorgio Armani, and Polo Ralph Lauren. He focuses on merchandising, operations, marketing, and management of fashion and luxury goods retail.
Meet Alessandro Valenti
Expertise: Luxury retail
Interests: Biking, Broadway, organic food, great wines.
Background: Five years in finance followed by 13 years in the fashion industry (first at Versace, then at Armani). I've been working and traveling throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S. My latest adventure: managing the U.S. retail division for Armani, including merchandising, human resources, operations, and marketing.
Favorite meal: Pizza with buffalo mozzarella.
Recent purchase: Apple MacBook Air.
Hidden talent: Photography (but don't take it too seriously).
Book/Film recommendation: The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver.
Restaurant recommendation: Il Gatto Nero in Cernobbio/Italy.
If I had $20, I'd... Give it to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Transformative travel experience: Fes el Bali in Morocco.
Favorite neighborhood: Big Sur.
If I could solve one problem, it would be: Hunger in Africa.
I wish people cared more about: The next generation.
Recent aha! moment: My two boys' smiles.
The world would be a better place if: We would respect our environment.