The Luxury, Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018 was, once again, proof that the Covet Group does not follow easy or predictable paths. We are making history in what concerns Portuguese design, using two parallel worlds that are luxury and craftsmanship, perpetuating an echo of continuity for the future. Together, the impossible ceases to be.
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The first day kicked off quite brilliantly at Pavilhão Multiusos in Gondomar, in Oporto. Several live showcases of various traditional arts and crafts, namely Filigree, Tilling, Arraiolos, Renda de Bilros, Goldening, Jewellery Craft, Upholstery and Wood Work, delighted everyone who attended. Next, we had an opening session conducted by Amândio Pereira, the Covet Group’s CEO.
Following the opening, we had the first panel of the Summit, entitled The Value of Craftsmanship For the Luxury World. This panel had the contribution of Amândio Pereira, Nicole Segundo (Michelangelo Foundation), Fátima Santos (AORP), Luís Onofre and António Moura. The debate was powerful and full of design ideas and opportunities, representing a better path for the industry’s future.
The second day was also a blast. Design as a Driving Force of Local Craftsmanship was the second panel of the event and it was composed by Fernando Caetano (Open Media), João Branco and Luis Sanchéz (Storytailors), Toni Grilo (Topázio), Alda Tomás (Vista Alegre), Serena Confalonieri and Francesca Merciari. The panel debated the evolution of the design industry and how the design culture impacted craftsmanship, emphasizing the idea that designers as artisans has become more common since the access to manufacturers is scarce.
The third and last panel was Luxury Branding: A Behind The Scenes Story. The panel had the moderation of Mónica Seabra-Mendes (Universidade Católica), and the participation of Marco Costa (Boca do Lobo), Jorge Martins (RomBoats), Carlos Santos (Carlos Santos Shoes) and Carla Graça (Vista Alegre). It was a realistic but creative approach to the hardest part of the luxury industry. We will see you again next year, in Paris!