Injecting Youth Into the C-Suite

A 26-year-old running a 150-year-old company sounds crazy. At that age most have just started their careers, maybe still interning at a large and historic company. However, this is the age of the co-CEO at Rimowa, the LVMH-owned German…

Why You Won’t be Cracking Open a Can of Italian Wine Anytime Soon

Wanderlust millennials like their wine wherever they are—at the beach, the top of a mountain, a concert, or a picnic—and without the fuss of glass, bottle openers, and cups. So canned wine is taking over the American wine market. The alu…

A Tale of Two Communities

Forty moneylenders turned down Jon Dishotsky before he got a loan to start Starcity, a dorm-style living model for people in San Francisco. They thought no one would catch on, and they had reason to think this. Dorms are a rite of passage…

Crafting Innovation

Caroline De Santis – April 05, 2018
While robots might be taking over the apparel industry production, they won’t be crafting Birkin bags any time soon. Even in the face of growing global demand, many luxury houses like Hermès and Louis Vuitton are proving invulnerable to au…

No Grit, No Glory

Caroline DeSantis – March 09, 2018
Wouldn’t it be great to have delicious guilt-free ice cream? If you are like the many who have devoured a bowl, or maybe even a pint, of your favorite frozen treat this thought has probably popped into your head. While this is what ice c…

Fetching the Future of Retail

Caroline DeSantis – February 23, 2018
Chanel, the historic French fashion house, has just announced its partnership with Farfetch, the innovative online fashion retail platform that connects shoppers with a network of boutiques and brands. While other iconic fashion brands…

Mission First, Strategy Second

Caroline DeSantis – February 01, 2018
Apple, Amazon, Google, Ikea, Facebook—these are just a few brands that have changed the way we live and have become definers of our contemporary culture. But one stands out from the rest—Ikea. The Swedish furniture retailer is not only not a t…

Nestlé vs. Ferrero

Caroline DeSantis – January 19, 2018
The big news in the confectionary world is that Nestlé, which started as a Swiss milk chocolate company in 1880, just sold its U.S. candy to Ferrero, the Italian family-owned company responsible for Nutella and Ferrero Rocher pralines. For …

The Return of Craftsmanship

Caroline DeSantis – January 07, 2018
Picture an Italian artisan shop and the image that will most likely fill your head is one with a few old men working with traditional tools. While this image is stereotypical, it comes from a truth: most Italian craftsmen are on the older…

The Future of Farming is Smart

Caroline DeSantis – January 06, 2018
For some imagining a world without chocolate or coffee is like having a dystopian nightmare. However, scientists continue to report that these pleasures may no longer be a part of our quotidian lives as early as 2050. And it’s not just t…

History Makes a Case for Cultural Exchange

Caroline DeSantis – January 04, 2018
No national politician has probably ever run a campaign without promising to strengthen and grow his or her nation’s economy. This shared intentionality is in fact what makes nation-states. While most people agree with this objective, t…

A Call for All to be Fearless

Caroline DeSantis – December 12, 2017
“We need new ideas.” This is a statement CEOs from all over the world say again and again. However, while companies are investing in education in order to foster creativity among their employees, it still seems that the majority of the big and…

Brands, Be Humble

Caroline DeSantis – December 04, 2017
Everlane is doing the unthinkable. No, they did not just invent how to instantly deliver clothing to your doorstep or any other retail dream you might have. The big news is that the online purveyor of ethically made clothing has opened its…

Innovate or Buy?

Caroline DeSantis – October 02, 2017
It seems like every time you turn around, that cool brand you just discovered or that small, hip company you’ve prided yourself on buying for the past few years is being bought up by big corporate conglomerates. The recent one added to the l…

The Retail Comeback

Caroline DeSantis – September 25, 2017
It’s an exciting time for retail. This may not be the obvious conclusion after looking at headlines like “Retail Apocalypse” or reading figures saying 8,600 stores will have closed by the end of 2017. It’s important to distinguish that it’s no…

Reliable Sustainability

Caroline DeSantis – September 15, 2017
“Transparency is the primary contemporary value.” This declaration comes from The Responsible Corporation by Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley, who through their work with Patagonia became pioneers in Corporate Social Responsibility (CS…

Sprinting for 12 Italian Companies

Caroline DeSantis – July 31, 2017
Getting started with a project seems to always be the hardest part. Whether it’s getting stuck in abstract thoughts or fear of not reaching perfection, there are countless barriers that prevent teams from working efficiently. In order to s…

From Silicon Valley to Italy

Marco Mari – June 01, 2017
Italy is a world-leading creative manufacturing powerhouse, and we are strongly committed in gathering the best talents and resources in the world to foster its vision and leadership. After 4 four years of educational and corporate…

Growth by Innovation

Caroline DeSantis – April 17, 2017
At Italia Innovation, by involving young minds in the specific problems faced by today’s global companies, we can spark innovation. Our weekend at Georgetown was an opportunity to introduce university students to two Italian companies, t…

Surfing the third wave of coffee

Marco Mari – July 25, 2016
Standing on the shoulders of giants When Carlotta and I founded Italia Innovation in 2015, we shared the awareness that the next big thing for the Italian innovation should rely on its industrial heritage. In October 2015, after two…