A modern-day Amazon, Matilde doubles as a mother, entrepreneur, and impassioned equestrian, while representing one of the most influential and emblematic names in Milanese history. Born in Milan and raised between city and countryside, she studied agricultural and veterinary sciences at the University of Milan. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City for a time. “But I realized that city life was too distracting and dissatisfying for me: I needed the smell of the freshly cut grass, the mud on my boots, and daily contact with animals in order to be happy,” she explains. And indeed it is this realization that pushed her to pursue a profession with animals. One of Borromeo’s earliest childhood memories recalls riding on the back of a large black horse, safe and happy in her father’s arms, surrounded by fields and nature.