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Postcard From…Maria Giulia Maramotti

Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Maria Giulia Maramotti is the daughter of Luigi Maramotti’s sister, Ludovica, making her a third-generation member of the Maramotti family to steer the Max Mara group. She is based in New York, where she is the U.S. retail director and a global brand ambassador. Maramotti finds endless inspiration in her travels. Here, she divulges her secrets for enjoying Los Angeles and explains how her trips to the world’s major cities inspired Max Mara’s recent Tailored Suit Project—a limited-distribution, specialty collection now in its fourth season.


Location, location


It changes every time—if I am not staying at a friend’s house, I usually stay at Sunset Tower or at the
Mr. C Hotel. I love the view at Sunset Tower and how central these places are located.


California calm


I am based in New York City, so anytime I get to travel to Los Angeles it is a lovely change and a breath
of fresh air. I love the weather, the ocean and the relaxed, calming energy.


Artistic intrigue


Los Angeles is an amazing city for contemporary art—from exhibitions to architecture, it is one my favorite cities to explore art. The Getty Museum and LACMA each have a fantastic permanent collection, including one of my favorites: the magical Richard Serra exhibition at LACMA that I always make a point to see. I also enjoy Venice for people watching and being by the ocean. Abbot Kinney has great food and shopping and embodies the essence of the California vibe that I love. Kiteboarding is one of my ultimate passions: if I can find a couple of free hours, I like to go kiteboarding in Malibu—it is so gorgeous there.


Inspiration abound


Traveling is an inherent part of my lifestyle—it shapes who I am. The different cultures and environments that I see and experience, as well as the interesting people I meet, constantly inspire me both personally and professionally. I love exploring art, architecture, music, literature and landscapes from cultures around the world because it all inevitably affects personal attitudes and styles that filter through my own style, as well as how I strategically position our business.


 Idea to actuality


Our Tailored Suit Project is a collection of modern suiting that considers essential, beautiful fabrics and with careful construction and tailoring for the contemporary woman. I personally wear this collection all the time, as it’s great to mix and match pieces with wardrobe staples to maintain a professional yet chic business look. Exclusive to three cities, we felt that NYC, Chicago and Boston are all metropolitan cities where we have a very strong client base of intelligent, modern, professional women.


If a friend were going there, what would you recommend they do, see, eat, shop for, etc….?


Of course, LACMA, MOCA and the Getty Museum cannot be missed. Personally, I love shopping on Rodeo Drive, and I find Melrose and Abbot Kinney such fun spots to walk around and find little treasures. Crustacean is my absolute favorite restaurant, while Nobu Malibu, AOC and BOA Steakhouse are also on the top of my list. Drinks at the Chateau Marmont are always fun—anytime of the day or night.


In fact


Having to travel for business so frequently, I realized the value and versatility of a great suit, and even more specifically, the perfect jacket. With one incredible jacket, I can pair it with dresses, trousers or pants. My looks can be dressed up or down, transformed from day to night or playful to business, all while still feeling comfortable and stylish. Every woman needs a perfect blazer or jacket that can be her travel staple because it saves on packing space and is feminine and versatile all at the same time.


Packing level:
Expert


I am extremely meticulous when packing—my suggestion is to think carefully about each outfit according to each occasion so you do not overpack. My travel staples are a pair of great black pants, a silk blouse, a classic black dress, running shoes and a swimsuit, because you never know. I always have a deep moisturizing cream in my handbag to ensure that my skin is always hydrated, and I use a wonderful Tracie Martyn mask for
overnight flights. I always wear a black cashmere sweater and pashmina when traveling because it is always
cold on the plane. I NEVER wear heels while traveling.
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