Monica Mei

Vera Wang / Footwear Designer - Product Manager

Born in Florence, since childhood Monica Mei follows in the footsteps of her
artistic father, who is both an academic and a restorer of Florentine artistic
Heritage.

Once she completed her studies at the Academy Of Fine Arts, she begins working in
fashion collaborating with several Italian and foreign brands (Armani, Valentino,
Cristian Lacroix, Jean-Louis Sherrer) in the areas of clothing and knitwear.

During her years of experience in the style office of various maisons, she has had the
opportunity to work as a designer in the divisions of Footwear and Leather Goods.
This is where she finds her true passion, to the point of deciding to undertake a
new course of study. She eventually completes a Master’s degree in Accessories
and wins an award for young shoe designers. The latter becomes her ticket to get
in the prestigious house of Gucci.

This is how Monica Mei begins her real career as a designer, one that is enriched
by her experience within the Prada style office alongside the Artistic Director. In
2001 she is selected as Senior Designer by Sergio Rossi, ( Gucci Group ) where for
five years her creations contribute to the ascent of the brand.

Once she moved to Milan in 2005, she is chosen by Donatella Versace as Head of
Women’s Footwear within the group further enhances her global vision of the
world of luxury.

Her cv does not lack creative challenges such as those for manufacturing brands
(Fratelli Rossetti) and companies with sporty-chic imprinting (Max Mara,
Tod’s, Vera Wang, ). Even here her projects and assignments are always received
with approval and praise.

During the pandemic, he increased his skills through several studies in Fashion
Sustainability and Circular Economy.
Monica Mei is currently working as a freelance consultant for Italian and foreign
brands and collaborating with internationally known.

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