The Mis­soni de­signer’s life by the num­bers.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The News -

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

An­gela Mis­soni

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