MI­LAN

Ger­man fash­ion de­signer Philipp Plein di­vulges how to make the most of a day in Mi­lan

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Last Word -

spend a lot of time in Mi­lan for work and I’m de­lighted that I’ve got to know it in­cred­i­bly well. I re­ally feel like it’s my adopted city. This is the place where my brand re­ceived in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion for the first time, so I feel a strong con­nec­tion to it.

When­ever I’m in Mi­lan, I stay at the Bul­gari Ho­tel, which is a fan­tas­ti­cally ren­o­vated 18th-cen­tury Mi­lanese palazzo. I wake up around 8am and head straight to the gym. I’m ad­dicted to the step­per—i work out on it ev­ery sin­gle day. Af­ter ex­er­cis­ing, I usu­ally run straight to my of­fice. How­ever, if I’m blessed with the lux­ury of time, I’ll grab a bite to eat at Cova on Via Mon­te­napoleone.

The sheer abun­dance of shop­ping op­tions in Mi­lan is one of the most ap­peal­ing as­pects of the city. I love to visit our neigh­bours’ bou­tiques on Via della Spiga and all the brands on Via Mon­te­napoleone. For re­search, Lip­stick Vintage on Corso Garibaldi is a real trea­sure trove—i of­ten have ap­point­ments there and am al­ways ex­cited about what’s in store. There’s a su­perb se­lec­tion of brands at Daad Dan­tone on Via Santo Spir­ito and I of­ten find my­self pe­rus­ing their aisles.

For per­fumes and ac­ces­sories, you can’t beat Pen­haligon’s on Via Br­era. I pick up gro­ceries and other ed­i­bles at Peck and Eataly. From all these op­tions, you’re sure to find the per­fect gifts to bring back for your loved ones—de­li­cious lo­cal food and fine cloth­ing are what Mi­lan does best.

If I have time, of course I love to take in some of the city’s in­cred­i­ble cul­tural of­fer­ings. I re­cently vis­ited Fon­dazione Prada, which re­ally lives up to the hype; it’s a very in­ter­est­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing space. Although I’m more of a fan of ar­chi­tec­ture than art, a visit to Gal­le­ria Gió Mar­coni is the per­fect place to stum­ble upon fresh con­tem­po­rary artists.

I al­ways en­sure I have my sta­ples with me wher­ever I go, es­pe­cially V-neck T-shirts in black and white—they’re my uni­form. It’s good to be pre­pared for all even­tu­al­i­ties, so I travel with jog­ging pants for com­fort and a blazer if a for­mal oc­ca­sion should arise. I al­ways bring my large col­lec­tion of fra­grances with me when I travel—my taste is con­stantly chang­ing, so it’s good to have a se­lec­tion. I never leave home with­out my head­phones, ei­ther, as mu­sic al­ways makes travel that much eas­ier.

When I’m in Mi­lan, I usu­ally spend a lot of hours in the of­fice, so I like to chill out af­ter work. One of my favourite things to do is to have late din­ner and a drink at Nobu. I’m a big sushi fan, and the res­tau­rant’s in­te­ri­ors are re­fined and re­lax­ing. I don’t re­ally go out par­ty­ing in Mi­lan, as I pre­fer to save my energy for the south of France. How­ever, if I do fancy a dance, By­b­los or Div­ina are both re­ally cool clubs. At Div­ina, you’ll bump into all the fash­ion stylists and pho­tog­ra­phers. By­b­los is a bit more tra­di­tional— the dance­floor is packed with beau­ti­ful girls who just want to have fun.

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