Frank Zambrelli

GCU Fair Fashion Center

Senior Director


Frank was headed for medical school when a trip to the European shows radically altered his plans. Heading instead to the Fashion Institute of Technology, he graduated with a dream job at Chanel. John Varvatos, then at Cole Haan, gave him his next big break, the opportunity to further develop his craft in European factories. His tenure led him to Coach and the successful launch of the venerable rm’s foray into new businesses.

Partnering there with Silvano Banfi, they realized they shared an interest in the art and commerce of finely crafted accessories, and vowed to begin their own studio. In 2003, Banfi Zambrelli was born, developing businesses for major houses throughout Europe and the US.

Frank is the Chairman of the Accessories Council, and regularly coaches organizations on the principles of fair fashion. He joined GCU as a special advisor during the university’s initial launch, helping to assemble and guide The Fair Fashion Center.

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