The Business: Luca Alessi
Luca Alessi is a man of the world. He’s lived in New York and Hong Kong and visited plenty more remarkable places, but it’s his home country of Italy where he draws the greatest inspiration. Luca is is a fourth generation member of the Alessi family, a family name that’s synonymous with design and innovation since founding global kitchenware empire Alessi in 1921. Luca now works in the business as the commercial director, Asia Pacific. We welcome Luca to Melbourne for VAMFF as a keynote speaker at the Business Seminar. But before he shares all his secrets on-stage, we poach a piece of his game changing advice and find out a little more about this down-to-earth tycoon.
Please introduce yourself.
I’m Luca Alessi. A dreamer, adventurous, competitive, ambitious, outgoing, a brother, a son and a friend. I’m a world citizen with strong ties to my country. I’m a proud member of a family of entrepreneurs that made the beautiful country Italia a little bit more beautiful.
Share one piece of advice that has been a game changer for you in life or in business?
Thinking win-win. In any relationship, whether business or personal, a win-lose or lose-win mentality is not sustainable. Therefore win-win is the only option for a successful relationship. This doesn’t mean compromising but creating synergies that aim to bring abundance and benefits for all parties involved - which is the ultimate goal to success.
If you could travel to one destination for inspiration, where would it be, and why?
Definitely Italia (pictured)! I've been living away from Italy for 11 years now. Visiting many other parts of the world has allowed me to see my home country with a different eye and recognise the incredible creative talents and amazing stories we have, from the well known fashion and design brands to the unknown little artisans. If I might share another location that would be Japan. It is such a rich, deep and unique culture, different than anything else and therefore so exciting to experience. I've been to Japan many times in the last years and there hasn't been one time that I’ve left the country without learning something new or being impressed by the attention to details that they put in everything they do. It is touching and beautiful.
What is your in-flight travel essential?
I have to say that I love moving around the world, and have done so in a hectic way in the past 5 years (I'd say at least a couple of long flights a week). I try to arrive at the airport just in time to avoid losing time waiting around. This applies to every airport except the ones where I really like the lounges - for these ones I even like going a bit in advance to enjoy the service and atmosphere they provide. What I absolutely can't miss are my noise cancelling headphones, some inspirational audiobooks, my laptop and some comfy clothes (sorry but for traveling I prefer comfort over looks!). Strangely enough, it is the only moment of luxury we have of being unplugged and I like watching new movies or working on important projects without having the distractions of being online (Please please airlines do not put internet on board!).
Fashion is always evolving, how do you stay on top of trends in your industry?
Having stimulating conversation with people, my friends or people that I meet. Discovering new stores and new companies keep me excited. Today social media plays a big role as well, there are so many amazing things happening and people are definitely sharing their stories.
Share something exciting on the horizon?
I am passionate about renewable energy and the need we have to protect our world. We are all becoming more sensitive about this topic and I see every industry is taking big steps to address this need. Exciting products will come out in the near future that will shape the world for our children.
What personal traits do you think are essential to ‘change the game’?
Be proactive and ready to take on responsibilities. Being able to have a vision that reflects your core values and is related to your passions. And having the discipline to then focus on the big picture despite the daily distractions...of course it's easy to say it!
Find Luca on LinkedIn and see him live at the VAMFF Business Seminar alongside other global leaders on Friday 17 March - tickets available here. Presented by State Government of Victoria & NAB, supported by WISH.
The Business presented by Virgin Australia is an interview series capturing the spirit of entrepreneurship. We talk fashion, business, travel and lifestyle with industry insiders who are leading the way in their field during VAMFF 2017. Read more interviews from The Business series here.