Issue #39

Olivia Poli Schepisi


Journalist, entrepreneur, and wife. I started my career as a reporter for Sky TG24 and later transitioned into fashion journalism writing for Vogue, GQ, La Stampa, Quotidiano Nazionale, Gioia, Luisaviaroma, Lifestyle Mirror and many others. Florentine by birth, New Yorker by adoption. Practicing Buddhist; Aspiring dog owner; work addict and life enthusiast. I like to run, stretch, read and write. My hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

I am working, creating and learning all the time! I realized that in life, there are no mistakes, only lessons. So always look ahead, trust your guts, and don’t take yourself too seriously.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

I wanted to see what I could do all alone, in the city where I always dreamt of living.

Please share your best memory in the City.

I was waiting for the subway at Wall Street with a friend we had just applied for our New York IDs and were headed to celebrate. As we stepped into the train, I felt someone bump into me in a rather suspicious way. I reached for my bag and suddenly realized my phone was missing— I had just been pickpocketed! I turned around and made eye contact with this 6-foot-tall man, who instantly started running away. In a matter of seconds I found myself chasing him through the maze of a station. When I finally managed to corner him I began beating him with my Perrier bottle until he begged me to take my phone back. In a display of utmost benevolence, I let him walk away. That’s when I realized I’d become a real New Yorker.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

Soho is my neighborhood, so the choice came easily. Alexo found that spot, right downstairs from my building—on Crosby Street. As for my outfit, I wanted to feel myself— white, crisp silk shirt and red lipstick is pretty much my style uniform.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

I’m very excited to be part of this project and feel honored to have been chosen to participate.

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

I try to live my life as stylishly and inspiringly as I can. I once read: “Make your life a masterpiece, you only get one canvas.”

  • Manhattan, NY


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    120 mins

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