Nickname: Alex, Ale
Job title: Luxury & Beauty Buyer
Generation: 1st generation born in Canada. Mother born in Caserta, Napoli & Father from Vinchiaturo, Campobasso
Speaks: Italian, English & French
Raised in: Saint-Léonard, Montreal
Favorite designer: Prada
Fashion idol: Olivia Palermo
Best restaurant: Bottega in Little Italy, Montreal
Favorite dish: My mom’s Cavatelli & Sunday sauce
Best pizza in Montreal: Bottega (trochetto) & Pizzeria Napoletana (#28)
You know you are Italian when: You talk with your hands and don’t know what a carb free diet is.
Best Italian song: Andrea Bocelli – Vivere
Best memory growing up Italian-Canadian: Food & family gatherings
What do you love the most about being a buyer at BTR?
Luxury is my baby, I’ve been doing it for 3 years and recently took over the buyer position. It’s a great category with great vendors. You get to go to their warehouses and be in luxury heaven – what more can a girl ask? I enjoy picking the selections and coming up with creative ideas for banners. We have an amazing team to help us in every aspect of each event.
For beauty, we get to try on most of our beauty products for our buyers’ picks events so we know what we are offering and the benefits behind it. We love to select the products for our MakeoverMonday events. We enjoy pampering a deserving employee every week by giving them a beauty or wardrobe makeover and a 2 hour break in our busy and hectic fashion life.
How would you describe your fashion style?
On an everyday basis I usually stick with a casual chic style. I love a pair of skinny high-waisted jeans paired with nice tucked in sweater. To top of the look I would add a blazer or layer it with a statement necklace or chunky knit scarf. On a colder day, I would add my favorite leather jacket. A classic pair of snakeskin Emporio Armani pumps, an oversized watch, and Gucci aviator sunglasses are my favorite finishing touches.
When I do go for a dressier look you might catch me in a skin tight pencil skirt and a tucked-in flowy blouse paired with statement pumps or over the knee boots. You’ll never catch me without my Prada Saffiano Tote as well as my delicate crystal studs and Alex & Ani style stacked bracelets.