PA L A ZZO PER­FETTO Margherita Mac­ca­pani Mis­soni’s coun­try retreat is a trib­ute to her fam­ily’s fash­ion le­gacy. By Sara Parker Bowles. Pho­tographed by An­drew Woffinden.

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Walt Dis­ney once ad­vised: “A man should never ne­glect his fam­ily for his busi­ness.” But what kind of chal­lenges do you face when your fam­ily is your busi­ness? For Margherita Mac­ca­pani Mis­soni, de­scen­dant of one of the most fa­mous fash­ion dy­nas­ties in the world – which, along with the Fendis, the Ver­saces, the Fer­rag­amos, and the Pradas, has proved that when it comes to Ital­ian su­per-brands, blood and busi­ness are a win­ning for­mula – life’s tri­als have been about how to forge her own iden­tity along­side this le­gacy. The epony­mous fash­ion house, which the 32-year-old will in­herit, was founded in Su­mi­rago, Italy, in 1953 by her grand­par­ents, Ot­tavio and Rosita Mis­soni. With the sup­port of such in­flu­en­tial fash­ion ed­i­tors as Diana Vree­land and Anna Pi­aggi, the orig­i­nal knitwear la­bel took off, and by the ’60s, Mis­soni bou­tiques were pop­ping up ev­ery­where. Its pop­u­lar­ity in­creased in the ’70s, when ev­ery style icon rocked the brand’s multi-coloured zigzag-knit dresses and coats.

In 1996, the Mis­so­nis trans­ferred con­trol of the busi­ness to their three chil­dren: their old­est son, Vit­to­rio, be­came head of in­sti­tu­tional af­fairs; Luca be­came head of the ar­chive; and An­gela, Margherita’s mother, was made cre­ative direc­tor, de­but­ing her first line in 1997. They also added a Mis­soni Home line and ho­tel chain to the busi­ness.

“Grow­ing up, I had this ex­tra­or­di­nary net of pro­tec­tion around me thanks to my fam­ily,” says Margherita. “My grand­par­ents lived 60 me­tres from us and the Mis­soni of­fices were just a stone’s throw away, so it was won­der­ful, but also quite in­tense. I think it was only nat­u­ral that I felt a need to fly the nest.” At 18, Margherita left home and started city-hop­ping. For six years, she lived be­tween Paris, Rome, and New York, au­di­tion­ing for act­ing jobs (she ap­peared in a pro­duc­tion of The Maids by Jean Genet, with the model and actress Mari­acarla Boscono) and study­ing, mainly at Columbia Uni­ver­sity, un­til the al­lure of the fam­ily busi­ness proved im­pos­si­ble to re­sist. She headed back to Mi­lan, where

Colours in Margherita’s

bath­room

The sit­ting room with a ze­bra rug from Eu­ge­nio’s grand­fa­ther

A lamp with Mis­soni Home fab­ric

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