Thursday 23 November, 6 for 6.30pm
Made in Italy #2
Daniel Gava, in conversation with light artist Moritz Waldemeyer and Walpole’s CEO Helen Brocklebank, will explore the contemporary perception of the Made in Italy brand.
The global success of the Made in Italy brand has been built on a winning combination of style, exceptional craftsmanship, aesthetics, family heritage, and a commitment to innovation and technology. Many companies have played a pivotal role in reinforcing its value by offering top quality products and services across a wide range of sectors, including food, fashion, furniture, automotive, engineering, research, and tourism. The reputation of Made in Italy has frequently surpassed economic fluctuations and competition from markets offering lower cost products, which often happen to be its primary consumers. However, what is the current perception of Made in Italy? Does it still provide a competitive edge for businesses? How has it evolved over time, and does it continue to hold the same meaning for newer generations?
Curated and moderated by Daniel Gava, this discussion aims to delve into the present status and anticipate the future of one of the world’s most iconic labels.
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Moritz Waldemeyer. Studio Waldemeyer, founded in 2004 and led by Moritz Waldemeyer and Nazanin Farahbod, is an international creative studio with a broad creative reach, spanning art, product design, fashion, and entertainment. They gained recognition in 2004 with an interactive chandelier for Swarovski and Ron Arad. Collaborating with luminaries like Ingo Maurer and Zaha Hadid, the studio quickly established itself as a creative force. Their work was featured in MoMA’s Design & the Elastic Mind exhibition in 2008, and their ‘My New Flame’ lighting product now resides in MoMA’s permanent collection. Studio Waldemeyer’s playful approach fuses technology, art, fashion, and design. They’ve created custom installations for brands like Audi, Rinascente, and Bicester Village, and designed luminous costumes for artists like U2, Rihanna, and Jamiroquai. Instagram @mwaldemeyer and @studiowaldemeyer
Helen Brocklebank is the CEO of Walpole, the leading British Luxury sector association, representing 250+ top UK brands. She’s dedicated to promoting and safeguarding luxury in the UK. Since 2017, she’s driven key initiatives, including the British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto, the evolution of the Brands of Tomorrow program, and a comprehensive study by Bain & Company on high-end tourism’s role in post-COVID recovery. She’s a vocal advocate for reinstating Tax-Free Shopping in the UK. Additionally, Helen serves on the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance board and the Department for Business and Trade Advisory Group for British Manufactured and Consumer Goods. She’s an advisory council member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Women in Business Committee. LinkedIn and Instagram @walpoleceo and @walpole_uk
Daniel Gava. Based in London since 2011, Daniel works as a board advisor for design companies to help them expand their business and maintain the relevance of their brand, leveraging his extensive knowledge of the dynamics and key players in the design industry. Passionate innovator and connector, Daniel has been a prominent figure in the London design scene for many years, advocating for creativity, design culture, and inclusion. Current and past collaborations include among others Arper, Minotti, Moroso, Virgin Galactic, Poltrona Frau, Michele De Lucchi, Magis and the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK. Daniel is Design Patron of the Design Museum, Ambassador of the London School of Architecture and has been nominated as Testimonial for the International Italian Design Day 2022 by the Italian Consulate in the UK. LinkedIn and Instagram @danielgavaworks