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Kimberly Pucci
Owner & Creative Designer
Kimberly Pucci Atelier, Vault, Privé & Casa
"Building Her Leather Bag Empire"

Kimberly Pucci was planning to become a lawyer, but a fateful junior year abroad at the Università degli Studi di Firenze changed everything. "Florence stopped me in my tracks," she recalls. "Everywhere I turned I was inspired, whether it was food, wine, art or just the culture of living la dolce vita." Her host family included artisans who handcrafted frames for Renaissance paintings at the Uffizi Gallery—and she was hooked. 

Immediately after graduating from the University of Rhode Island, she returned to Florence and immersed herself in every aspect of Renaissance art—taking University courses, working as an art-school archivist, even sneaking into the Pitti Palace with a friend who was restoring Medici dresses. "I bought myself a beautiful apple-red bike with a big basket and a bell, and would just ride the around city," she remembers. "My favorite cappuccino bar was in the Oltarno neighborhood, the hub of the Florentine artisan scene. Every morning the goldsmiths, woodworkers, painters and sculptors would convene for a caffe corretto, and I’d chat with them about their latest commissions.” Surrounded by art at every turn, she embraced every opportunity to learn more. “Anytime there was a church open or someone in a studio working on mosaics, I had to pop my head in to look."

After obtaining a work visa and few entry level-positions at Ferragamo and Gucci, Kimberly decided to try her luck on the Ponte Vecchio, the world's most renowned jewelry destination for almost 500 years. "I walked into one store that just blew me away. A very, very large showroom of the most incredible jewelry. Just breathtaking." The owners, from a lineage of Florentine jewelers going back to the 1300s, hired her on the spot—and soon she found herself working with everyone from American senators to African kings. 

Over the next 11 years she learned every aspect of the business, ultimately becoming Retail Director of the store. "What I really loved was sitting with the artisans as they handcrafted a piece of jewelry," she says. "They would literally show me the entire process: how to select and set gemstones, how to transform the raw materials into a wearable work of art."  

Missing her family back in Rhode Island, Kimberly proposed a clever win-win: during the store’s annual off-season, she would build a private trunk show business in the US. "I'd fly to Chicago, or Houston, or San Francisco with four million dollars of amazing Italian jewelry in my backpack!" she laughs. "That's really how I became an entrepreneur. Women loved that I could offer them something unique, one-of-a-kind, that they couldn't get anywhere else."

During this time, Kimberly met her husband Alessio, a native of Tuscany studying architecture at the Università di Firenze. As her stateside success grew, the couple decided to relocate to Kimberly's native Rhode Island, but still maintain a foothold in Tuscany with their villa in Montespertoli. 

Kimberly continued to build her career with leading fine jewelers in the New England area, but her entrepreneurial spirit would not be denied. Now, with Kimberly Pucci Atelier and Kimberly Pucci Vault, her artistic sensibility and unparalleled expertise have found their ultimate expression. "I am living my passion," she says. "Building relationships with my clients, and my artisans, based on uncompromising quality and integrity. It's a dream come true."

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WBG is a network of business women, meeting monthly to share interests, experiences, and insights.
A WBG Connects meeting is an opportunity to learn, expand your network of business contacts, find inspiration, and to share your expertise with others.
Hear from our fabulous speaker on Friday, November 11th, 2022, at 8:00 AM sharp!
Guests are welcome to attend two events before membership.
Register now, get your mug of coffee or cup of tea and sign in to Zoom. We're looking forward to seeing you online.
First time joining? Here's what to expect:
• Guest Speaker •
Listen to an inspiring woman guest speaker.
(Appx. 15-20 minutes followed with 10 minute Q&A.)

• Speed Networking •
Get ready with your elevator pitch and have an opportunity to be part of our speed-networking session that follows.
(Appx. 20 minutes.)

• Break Out Rooms •
Become further acquainted with fellow members when we break out into rooms for further discussion about a chosen business topic.
(Appx. 10-15 minutes.)
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