Chic People
Glamorous Places
Stylish Things
Alessandra Branca_Portrait
Part 1

MDS- How would you define your style?

AB- Classical with comfort and wit….



MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

AB- I was born and raised in Rome, Italy… The architecture and art of Rome definitely influenced me…the culture also is a strong factor in my work.. As an Italian you are more passionate about color and style.. It is in the DNA of the Italians to think of how things look and work…quality was also something that was very important.. From the food you eat to the art that surrounds you.. And the fashion…

The Pantheon in rome




MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

AB- Teaching kindergarden….

a red schoolhouse

MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

AB- The classics have always been my greatest influence and now I am looking at everything from Palladio, David Hicks , Jansen Mongiardino to 18th century and 50′s fashion… Everything can inspire… Instagram is fantastic at creating an unexpected spark..and Pinterest is also great… Of course nothing can replace all the great magazines out there!!!

David Hicks books

MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

AB- my garden is… I live outside as much as I can….of course this is limited in Chicago .. My close second choice is our library.

Alessandra’s garden


MDS-  Is there anything you obsessively collect?

AB- Vintage books on design, lifestyle, Art and fashion.

A study in Georgetown designed by Alessandra



MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many _______.”

AB- “I could never own to many moleskine notebooks and uniball pens .”

MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?

AB- Valentino… Because he is the ultimate in taste. He is the best of the best and supports tremendous quality in everything without being owned by it.

Valentino surrounded by models in red valentino dresses

MDS- What do you want to be known for?

AB- Chic but sensible taste and commitment to quality and excellence.

A Branca Collection Rouge Tartan Pillow available at Bergdorf Goodman

A branca Collection Rouge Marmo Bolster pillow available at Bergdorf Goodman

A Branca Collection Rouge Tartan throw available at Bergdorf Goodman

MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

AB- anything that is honest, original and from the heart, and of course quality… The quality comes from the original thought put into something…style is distinction without attitude… Glamorous is elegance with allure.

Alessandra’s apartment for elle decor at the 2013 hearst magazine designer visions showcase- photographs by douglas friedman



  1. With love and respect, it’s “Pantheon” in Rome. The Parthenon is in Athens…like spinach in the teeth, I would tell my friends.


  2. The Design Star from roma !!!
    Everything Allessandra designs I would want to come home too !!!


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