The Attico’s CEO Talks Model Id, Development, Constructing Longevity – WWD


MILAN — Don’t count on to be sporting a The Attico-bearing sweater anytime quickly. The model’s subsequent section of progress gained’t be merchandise-driven.

Within the 12 months that marked the model’s foray onto the runway, one objective stays unchanged: constructing longevity by sticking to The Attico’s id, one that’s firmly intertwined with its founders Gilda Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini’s imaginative and prescient of up to date femininity.

In an unique interview with WWD, media-shy chief govt officer Stefano Marcovaldi detailed ambitions for the model, from strengthening its equipment enterprise and making a push within the Asia Pacific area, to setting the inspiration for retail and constructing a significant proposition that may stand the check of time.

Based in 2016 by Ambrosio and Tordini on the peak of their social media fame, the model revealed in 2018 that Archive Srl, an unbiased funding firm managed by Ruffini Partecipazioni Holding, was buying a minority, 49 % stake.

Marcovaldi, cofounder and managing director at Archive, took on the CEO’s position decided to retool the company construction and leverage the potential he and Pietro Ruffini had seen. Marcovaldi and Ruffini share the cofounder and managing director roles at Archive. The latter is the son of Moncler Group chairman and CEO Remo Ruffini.

“Archive’s mandate is to try to construct over the following 20 years a portfolio of manufacturers and inventive languages aimed on the new era… presently we’re investing in and supporting the event of manufacturers that, in our view, are defining the language, expertise and product codes in a contemporary approach,” the chief mentioned, talking from its walnut wood-furnished workplace, a glass field on the middle of The Attico’s Milan headquarters.

Stefano Marcovaldi, CEO of The Attico and co-founder and managing director of Archive Srl.

Stefano Marcovaldi, CEO of The Attico and cofounder and managing director of Archive Srl.

Courtesy of The Attico

Because the funding, the company construction has morphed into that of a full-fledged, scalable enterprise.

“Within the brand-building course of, all strategic levers wanted to be ruled from inside, in full alignment with the founders’ [vision],” he mentioned. Since Archive’s arrival, distribution, which beforehand was outsourced to a 3rd celebration, has been introduced in-house and manufacturing offers with suppliers broadened and strengthened.

Marcovaldi mentioned The Attico will submit revenues above 30 million euros this 12 months, up from 27 million euros in 2022. That’s swift progress from revenues of 5 million euros in 2018, the 12 months Archive made its funding.

This displays the meaningfulness and authenticity of the model’s proposition, the CEO contended.

“We’re conscious that we’ve got made the primary child steps in the suitable route… and what offers us confidence sooner or later is the workforce we’re constructing… however we’re conscious that to be able to obtain the objective of relevance… that we’ve got set, there’s numerous work nonetheless to be accomplished,” the chief mentioned.

“From a worth standpoint what we’ve got at all times learn within the model and particularly in Gilda and Giorgia as girls and creatives is an idea of unbiased femininity, generally unapologetic… and I believe this has remained unchanged if not strengthened over time,” he mentioned.

“What struck a chord essentially the most 5 years in the past is that trend is a superb sector but in addition characterised by a lot ‘background noise.’ They [Gilda and Giorgia] have been in a position to outline a really recognizable, genuine, and really trendy language in a short while body,” Marcovaldi argued. “We’ve at all times learn The Attico as a artistic mission, after all all people has a background, however the factor that was most attention-grabbing to us was their artistic imaginative and prescient. The model particularly at the moment was very strongly new, trendy and recognizable.”

The Attico’s first assortment in 2016 comprised boudoir-inspired velvet and silk robes and sultry night attire that exuded a mischievous attraction and catered to the social media-fueled, cool-chasing area of interest of thirtysomethings. However Marcovaldi mentioned there was already extra to it.

“It appeared we may learn in them a legitimacy in constructing a universe across the feminine wardrobe,” he mentioned. “The work over the previous few years has adopted this strategic trajectory and the notion of the model’s growth may be very a lot linked with the extension of [the founders’] artistic imaginative and prescient into new territories, new classes,” he provided.

Since 2016 The Attico has added denimwear, tailoring, daytime choices, sneakers, baggage, equipment, together with sun shades, and beachwear.

The Attico RTW Spring 2024

The Attico RTW spring 2024

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

A former marketing consultant already working within the luxurious and trend areas, Marcovaldi mentioned the ambition when first becoming a member of forces with Ambrosio and Tordini was to “ensure that The Attico may turn into considered one of Italy’s most related womenswear initiatives of its era.”

That objective has remained unchanged.

“We discuss quite a bit about guaranteeing model longevity… throughout two axes, the primary one with a mid- to long-term [vision] on merchandise. Each class, each perform we unlock must have a powerful id throughout silhouettes, designs, materials… the second axis is pushed by communication… as an ongoing [effort] to be sure that by communication initiatives linked to collections and reveals, in addition to pure branding [initiatives], we will keep continued power and relevance,” he mentioned.

In 2020 the model embraced the see now, purchase now format, beginning with the spring 2021 assortment. It continues with that technique even within the wake of its first present final September. The latter paraded a group set to face aside from seasonal lineups.

Along with displaying The Attico’s digital-native mindset and the general shift within the internet- and social media-fed shopper conduct, the transfer suggests enterprise acumen.

“A model of our dimension… finds itself competing for buyer [acquisition] with megabrands boasting communication budgets which can be way more highly effective than ours, so to be able to try to be nimbler and smarter,” the see now, purchase now mannequin was finest and was confirmed by a powerful sell-through monitor file, he mentioned. “We imagine that by way of relevance and closeness to shoppers it’s a extra trendy transfer immediately,” he mentioned, with out ruling out embracing a special go-to-market technique if wanted.

The model counts 270 stockists globally and generates 75 % of its enterprise in Europe and the U.S., together with e-tailers. Italy represents 20 % of gross sales, whereas about 10 % is generated within the Center East, with a scattered presence within the Asia Pacific area.

“When it comes to [regions] already developed, we’re not aiming to increase the perimeter of our presence, however relatively strengthen our partnerships with present shoppers,” the CEO mentioned. Within the Asia Pacific area — conscious {that a} profitable technique requires cross-pollination amongst product growth, communication actions, and distribution combine — he mentioned the precedence is the dynamic South Korean market.

Though not planning additional diversification into new product classes, the equipment enterprise — formally launched with sneakers for the autumn 2020 season — is a burgeoning one, presently accounting for 35 % of the enterprise.

That determine is rising, the chief mentioned, however he added that baggage and sneakers are very totally different companies, the latter extra aligned to how shoppers faucet into ready-to-wear, with a stronger inclination to method manufacturers with no firmly established heritage.

“Purses are nonetheless marked by a powerful aspirational element… we’re engaged on it with very particular concepts, making an attempt to leverage a number of, very recognizable, codes throughout types,” he mentioned, highlighting how the model has embraced the class by tapping into the night and each day purse universe, “relatively than the purposeful design world… which is presided over by megabrands,” he contended.

The Attico bags and shoes.

The Attico baggage and sneakers.

Courtesy of The Attico

The vintage-nodding, sculptural Midnight clutch, in addition to the triangular top-handle Friday, amongst others, have confirmed successful at retail, the chief mentioned. They’re priced between 600 and 1,900 euros — save for particular editions reaching as much as 4,000 euros — “a extra aggressive” positioning in comparison with ready-to-wear and sneakers. The gathering is bought by about 50 of The Attico’s wholesale companions to “keep away from dampening the model’s grip.”

Since introducing the class, The Attico has concurrently rolled out a number of pop-up activations with key companions, capitalizing on the full-range providing it has constructed. Over the previous 12 months they included Antonia in Milan; The Webster Los Angeles; Antonioli in Ibiza; Galeries Lafayette in Paris; Saks and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, in addition to Harrods  in London, Harvey Nichols in Dubai, and Area Mue in Seoul.

“Pop-ups are by definition nimbler and extra environment friendly initiatives than macro-investments for everlasting [retail] areas. Over the previous few years, we thought that over-investing in such a method may result in dynamism and freshness, not solely by way of distribution technique but in addition branding-wise, all of the whereas permitting us to place the model in location with extremely certified footfall,” Marcovaldi defined.

A The Attico takeover of the Antonioli boutique in Ibiza, Spain.

A The Attico takeover of the Antonioli boutique in Ibiza, Spain.

Courtesy of The Attico

Within the wake of The Attico’s first present held final September in Milan — successful with retailers — it linked with key wholesale accounts to make the gathering immediately out there to clients. They included Harrods, LuisaViaRoma, and The Webster Los Angeles, amongst others.

It may be seen as a retail check and take a look at, however not so quickly.

Requested about opening The Attico’s first retailer, Marcovaldi mentioned that “within the short-term we’re not planning a broad retail growth.”

Milan might be an choice, for the reason that model’s ethos is inextricably linked with the town because the designers have constructed a signature of a-bit-undone perspective that speaks to their clique on the town however simply caters to girls throughout demographics and geographies trying to emulate the founders’ cool.

“The Attico is a model rooted in Milan however trying in the direction of the longer term in a contemporary, worldwide approach — as a lot as the town itself is doing,” Marcovaldi mentioned.

Following the interview with WWD, within the 2023 “Le Quotabili” research by Milan-based consultancy Pambianco Strategie di Impresa rating corporations with the very best potential to go public, The Attico nabbed the third spot within the roster of the small-cap trend corporations.


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