Greg Melvin, Archipel Founder
A proven market disruptor that defines his 25-year career in every aspect of the consumer supply chain, Greg is a tremendously valuable resource for a hospitality or retail brand looking to amplify and grow the luxury market presence for niche products and services to discerning demographics.
At core Greg is an executive without borders. He has built successful companies and brands in fashion, beauty and hospitality from the ground-up in diverse economies and multiple countries and has the ability to bridge culture gaps. Along the way he has learned the essentials that underpin any successful endeavor, not least of which being the flexibility required to foresee the need to continually adapt in order to remain relevant.
With uncompromising attention to detail, innate creative skills and a kaleidoscopic view of our ever-changing and crowded consumer universe, Greg’s career highlights have proven to create standout successes that span hospitality, leisure and retail. Greg has long-embraced technology and digital applications and he understands how apply various treatments most effectively in the fast-evolving technological space.
The most defining characteristic that binds all of Greg’s career in the hospitality design/supply and which extends to the luxury retail sector is his unique talent to create experience which in turn leaves a lasting imprint for the consumer and increases profitability for the enterprise . Greg is internationally recognized for his raising the service philosophy and quality points for global hotel brands including The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, One & Only, Aman Resorts and many more. Stemming from his early days in Bali, later Miami, and now most recently in Madrid, Greg has worked closely with equity partners, architects, designers and operators and is credited for raising 5-star hospitality service standards for hotels worldwide. His most recent retail endeavor generated over $7,500/sq ft in revenue due to tightly-conceived merchandise planning, high service standards, a strong brand identify and proprietary digital programming.
Both Greg and Paolo have since forged lasting impressions in worldwide concept luxury retail.
Archipel has always looked to the beauty of the natural world for design inspiration. As such, we have also looked to the earth's resources, which give form and life to our products and designs. As we enjoy the benefits associated with design and product creation, we are distinctly aware of an inherent responsibility to work towards environmental sustainability.
Our goal is sustainable style: to maintain leadership in the creation of enduring designs, and uphold the commitment of protecting the beauty of the natural world through the responsible use of its resources.
The Archipel approach allows us to remain fully dedicated to this achievable goal:
The majority of our goods are handmade, which means that our workshops utilize little electricity and emit few, if any, emissions into the environment.
Archipel uses plantation teak and alternative sustainable wood in its manufacturing. Archipel uses no woods from endangered forests.
We select water-based and water-soluble finishes for our products wherever possible.
We continue to stress the importance of choosing post-consumer waste paper and carton packaging with our partners in supply.
There is much perfecting to be done in this area, and we are committed to integrating the process of sustainability and green-friendliness into our long-term sourcing and planning policy at Archipel. We are committed to keeping you in touch with advancements in this area and how you can help.
As our valued client, we'd like to ask you to join us in the quest for sustainability.
Paolo Ambu, Partner
Mr. Ambu is a native to the Italian island of Sardinia. Training and schooled in Milan, he has lived an exotic and creatively-focused career in the arts and commercial design. Based in London for 10 years, then Bali for 10 years, Paolo now resides in Miami, where he heads up Archipel's creative team.
Through both his independent work and work with Archipel, Paolo has become an internationally-renowned Product Designer and artist and has attained a reputation as one of the most innovative and creative design professionals in his field.
As Archipel's Head Designer, Paolo analyzes and reviews project specifications through meetings with clients and a review of the company profile to determine the functional and aesthetic requirements of every project. Paolo is accustomed to utilizing his extensive experience in planning, creating and implementing design concepts, which manifests in bringing clients to the next creative level of their enterprises. Paolo evaluates project requirements, and in doing so is responsible for the finished product and ultimately the creative success of Archipel's design concepts for their clients.