Issue #19

Maria Giulia Prezioso Maramotti

La Velista

I was born and raised in Reggio Emilia, Italy, moved to Milan to study Financial Institution and General Management in Bocconi University. After graduation I spent 6 months in London working for Credit Suisse and then I joined MaxMara where I started following retail business first in Italy, then moved to Paris in 2009 and followed french business. Moved to NYC in 2011.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I oversee the north American Retail business for MaxMara. I travel a lot- like evry 3 days I am probably on an airpane. I love biking, running, swimming, sailing and every sport where I have to be close to the wind and the water.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

Work was the main reason for me to move- and I did not move from Italy but from Paris…I enjoyed the idea of living in a country which was very young and with a very dynamic culture.

Please share your best memory in the City.

For sure my best memory in the city was when I bought my apartment and had my first martini on the rooftop- jazz music was playing and there was a beautiful sunset. And I realized I could actually be here for longer than I thought. That’ s how NYC seduced me.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

Besides the fact that I really love my apartment- I wanted an iconic outfit which reflects me as a business woman but still not taking herself too seriously in the business word, paying with the idea of femininity. I also thing that the white blouse and my dark features are very Italian, and I like the idea of showing off my Italian side.  And of course, my outfit would not be complete without a cashmere coat.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

I love the idea of seeing a lot of different people who have in common NY and their love for what they do- is a good reminder of how cool Italians can be.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

I don’t feel like an ambassador of Italian culture. I am a free spirit and if anything, living abroad makes me appreciate more something about Italy which you would not notice if you lived there.

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  • Time

    150 mins

  • City

    New York

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