Vera Arrivabene is Viola’s younger sister. She was born 25 years ago in Samedan, Switzerland. She also studied in the UK, getting a degree in Marketing & Communications at Westminster University. Although she was already working with her sister on the launch of the Vibi Venezia brand, Vera also interned with two prominent press agencies in Milan. There she learned that “commitment and focus” are very important for the success of a project. As a result, Vera has been working full time for Vibi Venezia since January 2017. She shares her sister’s dream to make Vibi Venezia a successful brand around the world. Vera likes chai latte and her favorite karaoke song is Prince’s Kiss. Working out makes her happy, as do emeralds and sapphires, which are her favorite stones. She loves dogs, playing cards and avocado on toast.

 

Viola Arrivabene is 27 years old. Born in Rome, after attending school in Venice she studied fashion in London and assisted Katie Grand at Love magazine. Four years ago, Viola and her sister Vera launched Vibi Venezia, a collection of shoes inspired by the Friulane, the traditional Venetian velvet slipper with a rubber sole. She now divides her time between London and Venice. Her dream is to expand the Vibi Venezia line worldwide. She is also tempted by the idea of moving somewhere far away and changing her whole life for at least six months… The last song she downloaded was Prima del Caffè by Filo Vals. Would she travel to the moon or Mars? Both. At the moment she’s happy with SkyScanner—her favorite app—and, after all, she can travel everywhere else for now.

What is the best present she ever received? A surprise birthday weekend with all her friends. Her favorite stone? A ruby.

Gianluca Longo: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Vera Arrivabene: I drink hot water and lemon.

Viola Arrivabene: I open the curtains so I can look out of the window and then I hop back into bed for another 10 minutes.

GL: And what is the last thing you do before turning off the light at night?

Vera: Fantasize.

Viola: I read the book I have on my bedside table. At the moment it’s The Art of Joy by Goliarda Sapienza.

GL: Do you remember your most beautiful dream?

Vera: I always have new and more beautiful ones.

Viola: I remember many dreams, but unfortunately the ones I remember most are the worst— nightmares.

GL: What is your beauty routine?

Vera: I use coconut oil and different nourishing products on my hair.

Viola: Day-time and night-time creams. I use different products for my hair, from concentrates made of plant extracts and essential oils to products made of minerals, vitamins and proteins that energize the hair root and restructure the hair shaft.

Gianluca Longo: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Vera Arrivabene: I drink hot water and lemon.

Viola Arrivabene: I open the curtains so I can look out of the window and then I hop back into bed for another 10 minutes.

GL: And what is the last thing you do before turning off the light at night?

Vera: Fantasize.

Viola: I read the book I have on my bedside table. At the moment it’s The Art of Joy by Goliarda Sapienza.

GL: Do you remember your most beautiful dream?

Vera: I always have new and more beautiful ones.

Viola: I remember many dreams, but unfortunately the ones I remember most are the worst— nightmares.

GL: What is your beauty routine?

Vera: I use coconut oil and different nourishing products on my hair.

Viola: Day-time and night-time creams. I use different products for my hair, from concentrates made of plant extracts and essential oils to products made of minerals, vitamins and proteins that energize the hair root and restructure the hair shaft.

 

GL: What is your current obsession?

Vera: The new Vibi Sneakers, which are beautiful and comfortable.

Viola: The new Vibi Venezia shoes with a leather sole that I designed with Vera.

GL: When choosing what to wear in the morning, do you pick clothes before jewelry, or vice versa?

Vera: First, I choose my clothes and then I decide what jewelry goes best.

Viola: First my outfit, then my jewelry and last my accessories!

GL: What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you always try to wear?

Vera: A ring given to me by my father; every woman in the family has the same ring with a different stone.

Viola: A very old family ring that I wear on my pinky finger: it is gold with a tiny blue stone. I never take it off.

GL: What is your favorite app?

Vera: Google Maps.

GL: What is your favorite karaoke song?

Viola: Kobra by Donatella Rettore.

GL: What is the last song/album you downloaded?

Vera: Wasting my Young Years by London Grammar.

GL: What gives you joy?

Viola: My friends and family.

GL: What gets you angrier: missing a plane or burning a cake?

Vera: Missing a plane.

Viola: When I fail at something.

GL: Where’s the craziest place to have a house?

Vera: In the middle of the ocean.

Viola: On a tree in the middle of the jungle.

GL: If you were allowed to bring only three things to a desert island…

Viola: 1 pair of Vibi Venezia Lido striped slippers, a one-piece swimsuit and my glasses

GL: If you could, would you go to the moon or Mars?

Vera: Mars.

Viola: Both: I can’t wait!

GL: What is the best present you received?

Vera: A trip.

GL: The best present you ever gave?

Vera: A personalized set of Giberto glasses, which my father designs.

Viola: Personalized Murano glasses by Laguna B.

GL: What gets you angrier: missing a plane or burning a cake?

Vera: Missing a plane.

Viola: When I fail at something.

GL: Where’s the craziest place to have a house?

Vera: In the middle of the ocean.

Viola: On a tree in the middle of the jungle.

GL: If you were allowed to bring only three things to a desert island…

Viola: 1 pair of Vibi Venezia Lido striped slippers, a one-piece swimsuit and my glasses

GL: If you could, would you go to the moon or Mars?

Vera: Mars.

Viola: Both: I can’t wait!

GL: What is the best present you received?

Vera: A trip.

GL: The best present you ever gave?

Vera: A personalized set of Giberto glasses, which my father designs.

Viola: Personalized Murano glasses by Laguna B.