Stones International in Hong Kong Hosting Fashion & Luxury Soirée.
From left to right: Giuseppe Milito (Managing Partner of Stones International),
Wannie Suen (Regional Director, Asia Pacific of Links of London), Alessandro Paparelli
(Regional Human Resources Director, Asia Pacific of Salvatore Ferragamo)
HONG KONG — More than 140 leaders of the fashion and luxury goods industry turned out June 10 for a Fashion and Luxury Soirée hosted by Stones International.
Stones International, the IIC Partners affiliate in Hong Kong, held the event in the LFK Hotel, a five-star boutique hotelier in Hong Kong’s Central District.
“The event provided Stones International with great visibility amongst leading luxury brands, many of which we assist in the whole of Asia, from China to Singapore and from India to Korea and Japan,” said Giuseppe Milito, Managing Partner of Stones International.
The highlight of the evening was guest speaker Alessandro Paparelli, Regional Human Resources Director, Asia Pacific for Salvatore Ferragamo. Paparelli’s address was entitled, “Last Night a Deejay Saved My Life: Understanding Human Resources through your iPod.”
Paparelli navigated through 40 years of pop music, from Bob Dylan to Boy George, from Simon and Garfunkel to George Michael to illustrate HR issues, including insuring the right mix of people in a team situation, promoting excellence and achieving balance in one’s life.
Milito introduced Alessandro Paparelli as “an excellent HR professional, a man with a great curiosity about life, places and human beings. He’s a successful writer, a musician himself with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of music, a philanthropist behind water-related projects supporting agriculture in the poorest corners of Africa and an avid traveler, who has visited the most remote corners of human civilization, a passionate photographer of life and people passing by.”
In a letter to Giuseppe Milito following the event, Alessandro Paparelli said, “It was refreshing to see such an attendance and, mostly, such a response to a conversation about music and management, which was somewhat unconventional. I am personally not a fan of the "New Age" of management literature, where basically everything can be taken as a metaphor for anything else, just because it sounds original and intriguing. But still I believe that there are some "external worlds" that can serve as an important source of inspiration and understanding, if researched seriously and with intellectual honesty. Arts are a privileged source, as they are the ultimate realm of human expression, and therefore are comprehensive of any possible dynamic. Even more so, if we're talking about Human Resources. For me personally, talking about the job I love, doing that using a lifetime passion, and in such a warm environment, was just the perfect way. Or, to tell it with a song, it was "some kind of wonderful".
Milito said special thanks are due to colleagues Lucy Dunn and Andrea Wong, who brilliantly handled organization for the event under tight time constraints.