ANGELA MISSONI HOURS
The Missoni designer’s life by the numbers.
7AM I wake up around 7; I don’t need an alarm. The first thing I do is open the window to look at the mountain outside. My home is in Sumirago, which is a rural area about 40 minutes north of Milan. I’m on a hill with a view of the Alps, and I can see Lake Varese down the hill. Our house is a modernist one—it was originally built at the end of the ’60s. I found it by a very lucky chance. It’s in the same village where my parents live, but it was hidden, and I never knew of the existence of that house. It took me years to find it, but now I am living in my dream house. 8AM Two days a week, I do my aqua gym for an hour. I have a little indoor swimming pool, and an instructor comes to my house to do aqua exercises. I’ve been on this workout system for three years; I like working out in a pool because I feel light, like a ballet dancer. On the days I don’t exercise, I like to take a bath. I put a lot of sea salt in the bathtub—maybe three or four kilos, then I put in celery, onion ... No, I’m joking about the last part, but I do sit in salted water for about 40 minutes, continually adding hot water, so that I can read the news while I’m in there. 9AM I make an espresso and take it to my partner, Bruno [Ragazzi], to wake him up. He wakes up kind of late. I have coffee for 10 to 15 minutes with him, then I have a shower and get dressed. In the past years, I’ve developed a kind of uniform: Trousers, a tank top, and a shirt are what I wear most days. I don’t have a lot of time to go shopping, so everything is mainly Missoni. One of my most famous phrases is “What am I going to wear?” There is a saying in Italy, “The shoemaker always has holes in his shoes.” That sums me up perfectly. 9.30AM Bruno and I have breakfast together. I have oatmeal with soy milk, and I like to make my own juice. The vegetables and fruit often come from my garden, which is better for you. I also try to make another juice, which I take to work with me. I like to change the ingredients from season to season. This season might be pomegranate, and the next it will be green vegetables. 10AM I drive to work; it’s only about two minutes away. I take a really lovely street from my house and turn onto another little road lined with linden flowers. I like to work in the atelier. Although I have an office, I don’t spend a lot of my time in there. I never stay at the same table, I never have a computer in front of me, and I never have my phone charged—which can be a problem because all my life is on my phone, basically. I’m always trying to escape from my assistant, so if she doesn’t see me by 10.30, she’ll come find me. My office has a big table that’s a bit of a mess; it’s always full of samples, and there are clothes all around. During the day I might have some meetings, then maybe in between I have to answer phone calls, especially from my daughters. I speak to them maybe two or three times a day. I spend a lot of time solving problems. I’m a problem solver—I hope. I still very much enjoy my work. Especially when I am under stress, when there is an urge to deliver a project, that’s probably the moment I get my best ideas. 11AM Around mid-morning, I have the fresh juice I brought from home. Depending on the time of year, each day at work is completely different. If I have to work on the collection, I’m in the atelier for most of the day, but I don’t work only as a designer. I am president of the company, so I work in every single field of the business. When I’m designing a collection, I discuss with the head designers about the themes I’m interested in exploring, and then they’ll prepare a mood board. We also have to work like fabric designers, not just fashion designers, because we must prepare all our own fabric and materials. We