DANIELA RIC­CARDI

Daniela Ric­cardi is the new CEO of the French her­itage brand Bac­carat. Orig­i­nally from Rome, she has lived around the world, in China, Rus­sia, Latin Amer­ica and Europe. The mother-of-two moved to Paris four months ago

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IF YOU COULD WAKE UP ANY­WHERE IN THE WORLD,

WHERE WOULD YOU BE? I love to wake up by the sea. I have many

homes, my lit­tle cor­ners of par­adise – beau­ti­ful places where I like to be. WHAT IS

YOUR FAVOURITE HO­TEL? I like bou­tique ho­tels. Maybe be­cause I travel so much

and spend so many nights in huge ho­tels where you walk in th­ese cor­ri­dors and, de­spite be­ing in

a dif­fer­ent part of the world, you feel like you are al­ways in the same place. One ho­tel that I have great

mem­o­ries of is in Bangkok. Ev­ery time I think about it, I see the place per­fectly but I can’t re­mem­ber the

name. It was a small place but very spe­cial. Ev­ery sin­gle de­tail had this hu­man and homely di­men­sion. They came

to pick you up from the air­port in a vin­tage car. It felt like you’d gone back in time. YOU’RE SIT­TING DOWN TO

THE PER­FECT DIN­NER. WHERE ARE YOU, WHO ARE YOU WITH AND WHAT ARE YOU EAT­ING?

I am on a beau­ti­ful ter­race by the sea with fun, in­ter­est­ing peo­ple from all over the world – pos­si­bly peo­ple that I don’t know and

am only just dis­cov­er­ing. I am eat­ing grilled fish and grilled veg­eta­bles. WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SHOP­PING

DIS­TRICTS? Mi­lan, be­cause within a rel­a­tively small area you have all the best stores. Now I’ve found the same, a bit, in Paris. What I like

is to be able to stroll on the street with friends, stop to have a cof­fee, en­ter shops, and ev­ery­thing is within walk­ing dis­tance. IN TERMS OF

LONGEVITY OF USE, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WIS­EST LUX­URY PUR­CHASE? I spend most of my money on real es­tate. So prob­a­bly

my apart­ments in South Beach or New York or the cen­tre of Rome. I also buy tons of shoes. I buy a lot of Prada. I also like Zan­otti for more

edgy shoes. IN TERMS OF REAL ES­TATE, ARE YOU LOOK­ING AT ANY NEW MAR­KETS? No, I’ve de­cided I’m not go­ing

to buy any more. We have the three apart­ments and we also bought and ren­o­vated a home on a small is­land next to Capri, and we

have a farm­house in Colombia where my hus­band is from. It prob­a­bly means I’m go­ing to buy more shoes! DO YOU

COL­LECT ANY­THING ELSE? In my life, I’ve been here and there and I have col­lected things, but I don’t do it any

more. I am try­ing, ac­tu­ally, to be­come more min­i­mal­is­tic. I got to a point where I had too many things. I think life

is bet­ter when it is sim­pler. SO WHAT, THEN, IS YOUR DEF­I­NI­TION OF LUX­URY? Re­fined

sim­plic­ity. Beau­ti­ful pieces, beau­ti­ful ob­jects – whether it is shoes or dresses or a jacket or a Bac­carat

chan­de­lier – that are go­ing to be with you for many years and you’re not go­ing to get tired of

them. And you feel that you have in­vested your money in some­thing that is worth it.

IS THERE ANY­WHERE YOU HAVEN’T BEEN BUT WOULD LIKE TO?

I’ve not been very much to Africa. So that will be top of my list in com­ing years.

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