NAME: Paola Talamini Minotto
BORN IN: Treviso (Italy)
LIVING IN: Shanghai
YOU ARE WORKING AS: Free lance fashion merchandising consultant, specialized in kidswear
PLEASE DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 1 or 2 SENTENCES: A passionate traveler, in love with unique things and undiscovered places. A disorganized mom in love with her little “dumpling”.
Born and raised in Treviso (Italy), Paola is a Shanghai-based fashion consultant with more than 12 years experience as a senior manager in prestigious fashion brands. She is married to Edgardo and mom to a baby girl named Olivia…
Travel lover and curios of different cultures, she started spending summers during high school and college working as a shop assistant in London and Miami… In 2001, after graduating in Economics in Venice, she moved to New York… for 2 years she lived in that bustling city, before returning to Milan, to attend a master in Fashion Marketing… soon after she started a career in product & brand management working for Benetton and Diesel…
2008… back to Shanghai… to lead a one year project for Benetton. That one year became nearly 9 years, and Paola is still in Shanghai… changed job and worked for Burberry for 4 years, got an MBA, explored Asia, got married, had a baby, started her own consulting company and most recently, inspired by little Olivia, opened a kids blog… called ‘The Pink Dumpling’, where she shares her favourites and a little bit of her busy life in Shanghai and around the world…
She loves unique things, undiscovered places and one-of-a-kind experiences… Paola is a crazy traveller… exploring the world together with her husband and Olivia, who’s born in Shanghai… 3 years old… and speaking three languages already…
Ever since they moved to Asia they have been to Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Philippines, but they still have a lot to visit. Bali is her favorite destination so far.
She loves Shanghai, which she finds fascinating, dynamic and full of contrasts. On the weekends she does biking with her family in the Former French Concession, the hip and cool Shanghai neighborhood where she lives ever since she moved there. She is curious… all the time… trying to explore the very local corners of her city, visit art galleries, try new restaurants, bakeries and make customized clothes in the fabric market…
1. Which is the most fascinating even simple item you ever bought for children?
The most adorable striped and polka dot white/grey ceramic handles, which I bought to give a twist to Olivia’s room and to the all white Ikea furnitures. I bought them in Etsy and surely will bring them with me wherever we will relocate in the future.
2. Is there one children’s shop which has put a magic spell on you?
Recently I fell in love with Smallable concept store and BonTon in Paris, where it’s impossible to leave empty handed.
3. Which children’s brand you just love?
There are too many I love to mention just one, but in love with small independent brands like Louis Louise, Kidsagogo (a brand I have discovered in Bali), Little Creative Factory, Wolf & Rita, Búho, Marie Puce, C’era Una Volta (a new Italian brand from Shanghai), and Korean brands like BeneBene or Minidressing. For special occasions I love Bonpoint and Il Gufo.
4. Children shoes… In which brand one can conquer the world?
For girls definitely Anniel, an Italian brand based near Treviso, my hometown. Originally on the sport industry (ballet, gymnastic gear and shoes), they have built their reputation in the fashion world with their un-structured hand made in Italy shoes.
5. Do you remember one special item you had been wearing almost day and night when you were a child?
I don’t recall any special item I loved so much, but surely I would have loved to wear day and night ballerinas, which my mum never bought me when I was a child. That’s why maybe I am now a ballerina freak with countless pair of Porselli, Repetto, Charles Philip, Anniel, MiuMiu!
7. Your favourite children’s book?
8. Which museum even kids would spend hours in?
In Shanghai definitely the Museum of National History.
9. You are based in Shanghai. What’s the best place for kids there?
There are so many options for kids in Shanghai. To mention a few the Legoland Discovery Center, Shanghai Aquarium, Zotter Cholcolate Factory, not to mention the many parks that Shanghai offers (People Square Park, Fuxing Park, Century Park, Xujahui Park etc.). We also love to go to art galleries like Moganshan 50 , Power Station of Art or to the K11 Art Mall, which often hold kids-friendly activities.
Disneyland has also just recently opened in Shanghai, but considering the crowd (we are in China 😉 ), we will leave it for 2018.
10. You’ve been a lot around the world… which restaurant and hotel you recommend?
Linea d’Ombra in Venice has an amazing terrace with stunning view on the Giudecca Canal and the seafood is just superb. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.
More than a hotel I would recommend Villa Shambala in Bali where I spent 2 weeks with friends few years ago. It’s a 5BR private villa with 20mt pool in the middle of fashionbale Seminyak, walking distance to the beach, hip restaurant and boutiques, but hidden enough to be super quite and relaxing. Perfect for a vacation with a group of friends and family.
11.The best place you had been with your daughter?
I have the best memory from our recent holiday in New Zealand, especially in the beautiful Wahieke Island (near Auckland), the perfect place to combine relax, good wine&food, sunshine.