Alice and Francesca Villa
Owners, Villa Milano
Francesca owns with her sister Alice a five generations-old jewellery shop in the centre of Milan. She is also a yoga teacher and passionate mum of two kids (Leonardo 2 years, Sole 4 months). She studied modern literature at the Cattolica University of Milan, following a true love of humanistic studies. After a Masters in Communication, she started working in a fashion press office. In 2013 she entered the family business working side by side with her dad who passed away only 6 months later. Her sister Alice joined her when she was expecting her first kid and now manages the company, allowing Francesca to spend more time with children. Family always matters!
Alice is the youngest member of a family of jewellers, representing the fifth generation on her father's side and the third generation on her mother's. Deciding to follow her own path and develop managerial skills to complement her innate passion for jewels, Alice graduated in Management from Bocconi University in 2014 and started a career in KPMG. After four years of working at KPMG and supporting the family business in her free time, Alice woke up one day and knew: it was time to dedicate herself fully to Villa. In 2018, she took over the business, where she leverages the know-how acquired from her studies and previous work experiences, when not involved in the design and production process in the atelier.