Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri to speak in Perth

Bizzarri is one of eight international fashion and lifestyle executives who are heading down under to speak at upcoming events.



On April 12, Gucci president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri will be the star attraction of a lunch event at the Crown Perth hotel in Western Australia.

Part of The West Australian newspaper’s Leadership Matters series, Bizzarri’s ‘Gucci Revival’ talk will focus on his turnaround of the brand, which delivered 12.7 percent growth in like-for-like revenues in 2016, accelerating to 21.4 percent in the fourth quarter.

Bizzarri is the first luxury brand speaker to present at the series, which is now in its 14th year and has previously featured talks from Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the former chief executives of Australian department store chains Myer and David Jones.

The Gucci exec is part of a conga line of international fashion players who are in fact heading to Australia to speak at events in the coming weeks.

Cynthia Rowley and Ermenegildo Zegna chairman Paolo Zegna are due to head up next week’s business seminar program at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton, as part of the 21st annual Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, which runs until March 19 at venues in around the city.

Rowley will be joined on the speaking panel at March 16th’s VAMFF Business Breakfast by Adidas Originals global category director collaborations Rachel Muscat.

At March 17th’s VAMFF Business Seminar, Zegna will speak alongside Alessi commercial director Asia Pacific Luca Alessi, The Kooples’ co-founders Alexandre Elicha and Nicolas Dreyfus and Lane Crawford chief brand officer Joanna Gunn.

Later that evening, Zegna will oversee the presentation of the 2017 Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Awards at the Museum’s Treetops restaurant. A small international media contingent is being flown in by the company to attend both the awards and a second media tour of the Achill woolgrowing farm in Armidale New South Wales, which Zegna first unveiled last year. The company has a 60percent stake in the property.

Rowley, meanwhile, will present a capsule collection from her ranges at the newly refurbished Harrolds multibrand luxury emporium on Collins Street.

The festival will mark Rowley’s second Australian trip in 10 months, after unveiling her Resort 2017 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in May.

Just on VAMFF, I’ll be joining a great panel of local speakers at the festival’s first Fashion Industry Forum on March 15, where we’ll discuss the topic of responsible fashion, from ethics to sustainability.