Sara Cavazza Facchini is the embodiment of Italian elegance. As the creative director of Genny, a brand known for infusing modernity with heritage and timeless sophistication, she has led the luxury label into a new era, reinvigorating its collections and focusing on sustainability. Regularly travelling the world, we sat down with Sara to talk Italian elegance (and how you can add it to your travel; wardrobe), her hometown of Verona and the unlikely European destination she’s fallen in love with.
Where is home for you?
Verona, my hometown.
If someone had 24 hours in your home base, where would you send them?
I would tell them to visit all the beauties of my historic city, the Arena Roman Amphitheatre and all the squares with typical Veronese products. I would invite him to go up one of the hills to see the view of the city and the river that crosses it from Castel San Pietro.
You motto is: ‘Because everything can and must coexist harmoniously, like in a wardrobe’ – how do you apply this to your everyday life?
I do all these things with a sense of reality, passion and honesty. This state of mind held me to be always present and make the best choices
What are some key pieces for a travel wardrobe? Do you have a favourite piece for travel/vacation?
A white silk or cotton shirt, a white leather slipper with GENNY 3D orchid, if possible always white, it is the colour of GENNY and summer
How can someone bring Italian elegance to their wardrobe?
You should never be missing a suit jacket and pants or a sheath dress – these will make you look sensual and elegant at the same time
What’s first in your suitcase when you’re packing? What can you not travel without?
My white Fortune Bag… it’s amazing for the evening but also during the day because it’s ‘big enough’ to contain what I really need to put into: phone, lipstick, tissues and keys.
Do you have an in-flight (or mid-travel) routine?
I put a timer on for 15 minutes and massage a super moisturising mask on my face while listening to lounge music, and then let myself drift off into a kind of meditation where I imagine myself being pampered by the sun, the sea and the breeze in the air.
What’s in your handbag?
A lipstick, my phone, a perfume
Are you a frequent traveller? If so, have you had a recent travel discovery?
On my last travels, I found a book in my room (put on a table as lifestyle). Reading a page, I was attracted by these words ‘the secret to be happy is fall in love every day of something’.
Where’s on your travel list this year? Any new destinations, or old favourites?
I would like to travel to new places to make new experiences with all my family and continue to create unforgettable moments of love, laughter and happiness … I haven’t decided yet, but for sure, somewhere in that nature.
Where is a destination that you visited and fell in love with (travelling for work or pleasure)? Why?
I recently took a trip to Medjugorje, a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I was blown away; there is really something unexplainable about it.