Villanova professor Luca Cottini recently gave a shout-out to the Umbra Institute as he discussed Brunello Cucinelli in his podcast series, Italian Innovators. Prof. Cottini uses his podcast to raise awareness of Italian ingenuity as it spans across fields from coffee to fashion, from business to science. His recent episode discussing Cucinelli highlights innovation in the region of Umbria, as Cucinelli’s fashion empire is located just outside Perugia.
Professor Cottini describes Perugia and the region of Umbria as a hub for innovation, particularly in terms of food and fashion. He briefly mentions Luisa Spagnoli, a Perugian woman who represented both areas of the region’s expertise when she started the world-famous Perugina chocolate factory and global Luisa Spagnoli fashion brand.
If you are interested in learning more about Umbria “as a laboratory of identities and landscapes” and aspects of business culture in Italy, we recommend listing to Prof. Cottini’s podcast, Brunello Cucinelli. Philosophizing Fashion. On Business, Culture, and Ethics about Brunello Cucinelli and his business philosophy about business, culture, and giving.