Harrods, Dubai, London Maison. In charge for the retail and Haute Couture sides of the business. Setting sales and kpi's targets, hiring and developing staff, Responsible for VM guidelines for all point of sales, including Frainchesee locations (Doha, Montecarlo). My role in HO involves also partecipation to production and development meetings, as well as the buying for all Stores under my responsability. I play a very active role, front line for the Brand at 360 degrees
During this time I have built a menswear Brand (timeless men's athleisure, made in Italy) with online presence on Amazon and my own website. I have done this project completely by myself. I have produced the line in my home town in Italy and marketed it online across Europe. This project pushed me to expand my skills set, which had to include: Design, production, styling and photography, branding & marketing, social media platform building and managing, sales, website building with shopify store associated to it.
2 flagship locations (Brompton road - Regent street) 6 concessions across Uk and Ireland (Harrods - HN London, HN Manchester, Selfridges Manchester, HN Dublin, HN Edinburgh) In charge of 60 employees in total. Ma main achievement here has been to create and consolidate a strong selling team across the Country, creating and implementing a succesfull marketing strategies with key partners, within key locations. I have also completed the re-locations and re-vamp of 3 concessions, and the opening of the (then) new Regent street store
In charge of the Mc Queen stores: OBS & Saville row. Support of Retail Manager across all MCQ stores with coaching, training and staff development.
The role was split managing the OBS Store (60M turnover) and HO at the Shard supporting the MD with all retail strategies across UK & IE.
In charge with the Retail Manager of 25 Stores across UK, Ireland Germany and Sweden.
I started with Gucci with the new Opening in Westfield which I managed even before the store was open, including staff selection and all operations linked to a new opening. After two successful years (I managed to increase the turnover from £2.5M to £5M), I was promoted to the Flagship Store in Bond street, managing over 50 people. After a few months, the OBS store was nominated as centre of excellence across Europe, a hub for training new managers.
During my years in Harrods I have developed from a trainee manager (i have attended the Harrods Management Program by ILM) to being in charge to a large part of WW, covering the Contemporary rooms as well as swimwear. During my years here I was awarded the 'Chairman award for Excellence'
I have known Vito since 2012 and witnessed his professional development over the years. Vito reported to me working at Gucci between 2012 and 2015 as "Associate Area Manager' covering 25 stores across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Sweden. Vito is a highly qualified Retail Manager with experience in all aspects of the business, including setting and achieving sales targets for all locations under his responsibility, operations, client development, as well as a very deep knowledge of HR, its policies and application of them within a work environment. People skills and coaching are part of his strengths; he has a natural leadership style which allows him to influence people around him and develop their talents and skills. Having known Vito for many years I can state that he is an honest, committed and reliable person with solid personal values.