The cre­ative di­rec­tor of Mis­soni, the Ital­ian knitwear la­bel founded in 1953 by her par­ents, Ot­tavio and Rosita, An­gela Mis­soni is cred­ited as the en­gi­neer of the la­bel’s rein­ven­tion as a ma­jor lux­ury goods brand since tak­ing over as chief de­signer in 199

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An­gela Mis­soni

IF YOU COULD WAKE UP ANY­WHERE IN THE WORLD TO­MOR­ROW, WHERE WOULD IT BE? I would like to wake up wher­ever Bruno, my part­ner of 20 years, is. I am happy wher­ever he is and it is home wher­ever he is. But I ac­tu­ally love to wake up where I live. I have a view of the Alps from my bed­room and there’s a moun­tain that turns to­tally pink at sun­rise. HOW WOULD YOU ARRIVE? The shorter jour­ney the bet­ter. I would arrive rid­ing on a horse; an Ital­ian stal­lion! YOU ARE SIT­TING DOWN TO THE PER­FECT DIN­NER. WHERE ARE YOU, WHO IS WITH YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU EAT­ING? I would be at a lit­tle place in Pi­azza di Cer­nob­bio with the lake in front of it – out­side of Como. It should be the mid­dle of sum­mer so that you can al­ready eat out­side. I’d eat penne all’arra­bi­ata, penne po­modoro or spaghetti. These would be very spe­cial dishes be­cause I’ve been di­et­ing all my life! And I would, of course, be with Bruno. IF YOU BUILT YOUR OWN HOME, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE? It’s the one that I am build­ing. It’s Frank Lloyd Wright in ar­chi­tec­tural style with huge win­dows, and it’s in the mid­dle of some woods yet over­look­ing the moun­tains. ARE YOU A COL­LEC­TOR? I’m a com­pul­sive ac­cu­mu­la­tor! I as­sem­ble “fam­i­lies of for­got­ten ob­jects” that I find in flea mar­kets. I do buy art, but col­lec­tors are pro­fes­sional and I do not have enough time to fol­low the fairs. DO YOU HAVE A GO-TO DE­SIGNER? No. IS THERE AN ITEM OF CLOTH­ING FROM YOUR PAST YOU WOULD FIND DIF­FI­CULT TO PART WITH? IF SO WHY? All those items that my mother made for me when I was a child and those that I kept for my chil­dren. But ac­tu­ally, all my clothes in gen­eral. Ev­ery piece has a mean­ing and is an in­spi­ra­tion for my work. WHICH GROOM­ING PROD­UCT OR TREAT­MENT DO YOU SWEAR BY? A Vi­ta­min C gel that I have been buy­ing at the phar­macy for 20 years. IF YOU WERE TO IN­VEST IN ONE PIECE OF COU­TURE, WHERE WOULD IT BE FROM? Givenchy. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LUX­URY PUR­CHASE? A pair of Maud Fri­zon shoes, bought at end of the 1970s. WHAT IS YOUR MOST TREA­SURED POS­SES­SION? I don’t trea­sure any­thing ma­te­rial, just love and friend­ship. DO YOU HAVE AN ES­SEN­TIAL GAD­GET OR AC­CES­SORY? My ear­rings and neck­laces, which I cre­ate my­self. IN YOUR OPIN­ION, WHO IS THE MOST IN­FLU­EN­TIAL DE­SIGNER OF ALL TIME? Coco Chanel. WHAT IS THE MOST OVER­RATED LUX­URY? Any­thing that we con­sider a lux­ury is over­rated. We should al­ways think of the ef­fec­tive value when buy­ing some­thing, de­duct­ing the cost of pub­lic­ity and im­age. I go more for ob­jects of real value. WHICH NEW DE­SIGN­ERS DO WE NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? Mary Ka­trant­zou, she is vi­brant and brave in show­ing prints and colours. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SHOP OR SHOP­PING DIS­TRICT? Wher­ever there’s a flea mar­ket.

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