Lavinia Cottafavi

Sustainable textile sourcing and product development / founder Aneesha Designs
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After a career start in strategy and branding, it is during a sabbatical year in India that I discovered a passion for sourcing handmade textiles and for textile development in general. Inspired by the grace of Indian women as well as their traditional clothing (saris), and by the authenticity of Indian artisanal fabrics and the art of tying them around the body, I created Aneesha Designs. With Aneesha, I learned in detail how a high-end fashion brand and product work, I developed my sense of beauty and artistic sensibility while sourcing a wide network of artisans and makers with unique know-hows. I was able to transform my own experience and define a peculiar identity for the brand, centered on creative exploration and the juxtapositions of colors, the uniqueness of the pieces, research of handmade and textile innovation. Aneesha is an ode to femininity and its power to heal through beauty, textile art and creativity.

Previous Brands
Goldman Sachs
Ogilvy & Mather
Value Partners
Work Experience
Mar ‘18 - Now

One year traveling in India - sourcing traditional textile artisans and makers
Jan ‘17 - Jan ‘18
Self employed

Strategic Planner
Dec ‘13 - Oct ‘16
Ogilvy & Mather

Business Analyst
Sep ‘11 - Oct ‘12
Value Partners

Jun ‘10 - Nov ‘10
Value Partners

Summer Internship in the Economics Research Division
Jun ‘07 - Aug ‘07
Goldman Sachs

English - Fluent
Italian - Native
French - Fluent
German - Basic
Education & Training
Accademia del Lusso Milan
‘18 - ‘18
Professional course in pattern making
Fashion Design and Pattern making
HEC School of Management
‘09 - ‘10
Università Commerciale 'Luigi Bocconi'
‘05 - ‘09
Paris, France