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Safilo selects the participants of the first edition of its Product School to be opened on September 14th

Padua, 13 July 2015 – Today marks the definitive selection and confirmation of the final participants of the first edition of the Safilo Product School, which will open officially on September 14th.

The recruitment process, which began in February with over 200 candidates, led to the selection of nine young talents with differing backgrounds and origins (degrees in engineering, architecture, industrial design, arts), but who all share a passion and deep interest in eyewear. They will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and expand their educational expertise by learning on the job.
The three-year program, in line with the best practices of international apprenticeships, will see the participants follow the Safilo Product School’s training pathway, which explores the traditional craftsmanship and the specific know-how of the company in the world of eyewear, the knowledge of the moulds and shapes, and different materials. The Safilo Product School also devotes ample space to learning-by-doing, coupled with seminars hosted by managers and field experts at an international level, as well as regular classroom training and cross-disciplinary project work.

The selected participants are:

Marco Da Maren – Master’s Degree, Architecture at IUAV (Venice)
Daniele De Angelis – Bachelor’s Degree, Industrial Product Design at Politecnico (Milan)
Nicole Laffranchi – Master’s Degree, Design Management at Business School Il Sole24Ore (Milan)
Francesca Pansini – Master’s Degree, Marketing & Corporate Communication at University Aldo Moro (Bari)
Simone Petrolli – Master’s Degree, Materials Engineering at University of Trento
Marianna Quota – Master’s Degree, Architecture at University of Ferrara
Alessandra Salmistraro – 5 years at Safilo, currently Product MD Coordinator in S. Maria di Sala. Master’s Degree, Engineering Management at University of Padova
Simone Scorrano – Bachelor’s Degree, Industrial Product Design at University of Ferrara
Erika Zanchetta – Ph.D., Materials Engineering Research at University of Padova

The value of traditional eyewear and ongoing commitment to preserve it through a strong culture of product are key elements of Safilo’s business model: a model that aims at enhancing Safilo’s ties with territory in the name of economic development, employment and opportunities for young people to access training by trade, in a sector that continues to see positive signs in all international markets.

About Safilo Group
Safilo Group is the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, leader in the premium sector for sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear. Design inspired and brand driven, Safilo translates extraordinary design into excellent products created thanks to a superior craftsmanship expertise dating back to 1878. Internationally present through 31 owned subsidiaries and exclusive distributors in key markets – in North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific and China –, Safilo is committed to quality distribution in over 130 countries around the world. Safilo’s portfolio encompasses proprietary brands – Carrera, Polaroid, Smith, Safilo and Oxydo – and licensed brands Dior, Dior Homme, Fendi, Gucci, Banana Republic, Bobbi Brown, BOSS, BOSS Orange, Céline, Fossil, Givenchy, HUGO, J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, Jack Spade, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Max&Co., Pierre Cardin, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tommy Hilfiger.

Listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (ISIN code IT0004604762, Bloomberg SFL.IM, Reuters SFLG.MI), in 2014 Safilo recorded net revenues for Euro 1,178 billion.

Safilo Group Press Office
Milan – Ph. +39 02 77807607
Padua – Ph. +39 049 6986021

Last update: 04/08/2015, 11:09

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