Monica Mei

Vera Wang / Footwear Designer - Product Manager

Born in Florence, Italy. Since childhood Monica Mei has followed in the footsteps of her artistic father, who is both an academic and a restorer of Florence’s artistic heritage.

Once she completed her studies at the Florence Academy of Arts, she began her fashion career collaborating with several Italian and international brands (such as Armani, Valentino, Cristian Lacroix, Jean-Louis Sherrer) in clothing and knitwear.

Through her years of experience in various high fashion style offices, she went on to work as designer in the Footwear and Leather goods devision. This is where she found her true passion, which brought her to undertake a new course of study, eventually earning masters degree in accessories, where she won an award for a promising young shoe designers which opened the door for her to work at the prestigious house of Gucci.

This is how Monica Mei formed her career as an accessories designer, enriched by her experience within the fashion office of Prada, working alongside Artistic director (CEO Patrizio Bertelli).

In 2001 she was selected as senior designer by Sergio Rossi where her creations contributed to the ascent of the brand for the following five years.

In 2005, she moved to Milan where she was selected by Donatella Versace to be the Head of Women’s footwear within the group, further enhancing her experience in the World of luxury footwear.

Additionally, Monica’s experience also includes a variety of design consulting projects for a range of market level and aesthetic, such as for classic luxury brand, Fratelli Rossetti, and company with sporty-chic style like Max Mara and Tod’s. Her projects were always met with approval and praise.

Monica Mei is currently working with Vera Wang, between style-coordinations till production.

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