Beauty in the City

Top ad­dresses where you can find the most ex­clu­sive cos­met­ics and the most sought-af­ter fra­grances… for ‘readyto-wear' beauty! By Ste­fa­nia Vida

Where Milan - - SHOPPING -

THE FRA­GRANCES OF THE QUADRI­LATERO

It's no se­cret that count­less big fash­ion la­bels have branched out into beauty. The strik­ing boutiques of the Quadri­latero della Moda are packed with the lat­est col­lec­tions of de­signer fra­grances and beauty prod­ucts for him and her. Get on the band­wagon and be seduced by the stun­ning de­signer pack­ag­ing cov­er­ing beauty prod­ucts cre­ated by Chanel, Her­mès, Burberry, Gucci, Fendi and Valentino, and don't for­get the prod­ucts of Giorgio Armani that are char­ac­ter­ized by his soughtafter aes­thetic and qual­ity, and are on sale at his bou­tique at num­ber 31 via Man­zoni (www.armani.com). There are also many mono­brand stores like the Ac­qua di Parma bou­tique in via Gesù, an ideal lo­ca­tion to rediscover the in­nate val­ues of Ital­ian ex­cel­lence and ar­ti­san­ship (www.ac­quadi­parma.com). 1989 saw the birth of ‘fragrance li­brary': a uni­verse, con­sist­ing of fra­grances bot­tled in the brand's sig­na­ture pack­ag­ing, that uses colour to spark the

Dolce&Gab­bana Chanel de­sire for a per­fume and im­ages to play with the imag­i­na­tion. Etro's fra­grances can be pur­chased at the brand's cen­trally lo­cated stand­alone bou­tique in via Verri, cor­ner of via Bigli (www.etro.com). The eye-catch­ing boutiques of his­toric per­fumer Jo Malone are lo­cated in via Man­zoni 18 and at no. 13 via Santa Maria alla Porta. This is a world ded­i­cated to the rarest fra­grances steeped in Bri­tish cul­ture, where her­itage pieces of fur­ni­ture in shades of beige and black are jux­ta­posed with more con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments, cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where shop­ping be­comes an in­ti­mate, lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence (www. jomalone.com).

AMIDST THE PERFUMES OF BR­ERA

If you hap­pen to find your­self in the heart of Br­era, the new district of Artis­tic Per­fumery, we rec­om­mend three go-to ad­dresses for the beauty ad­dict. First of all, the new bou­tique of The Mer­chant of Venice, an his­toric per­fumery epit­o­miz­ing the art of Vene­tian per­fume-mak­ing. It of­fers a lux­ury line en­com­pass­ing a wide range of ex­clu­sive perfumes for men and women, body-care prod­ucts, home fra­grances and ac­ces­sories con­tained in el­e­gant bot­tles in­spired by the tra­di­tion of the city's fa­mous hand-blown Mu­rano glass (via Br­era 4, www.mer­chantofvenice.com). Set within a truly ‘fu­tur­is­tic' am­bi­ence, the Diego dalla Palma make-up stu­dio of­fers the en­tire range of the Mi­lanese guru's prod­ucts ded­i­cated to pro­fes­sional make-up and beauty treat­ments (via Madon­nina, www.diego­dal­la­palma.com). And, for con­nois­seurs only, L'Of­fic­ina Pro­fumo – Far­ma­ceu­tica di Santa Maria Novella, whose name con­jures up the scents of times gone by, still sells tra­di­tional elixirs, along with more con­tem­po­rary skin-care prod­ucts, oils and perfumes

(www.sm­novella.it).

ALL IN ONE

la Ri­nascente in pi­azza Duomo is an­other ref­er­ence point, where all the most ex­clu­sive brands in the sec­tor are found un­der one roof. Af­ter cross­ing this thresh­old, you will be wel­comed by an en­tire floor de­voted to fra­grances and make-up, with ded­i­cated cor­ners where you can treat your­self to a cus­tom­ized make-up ex­pe­ri­ence ex­e­cuted by a highly qual­i­fied staff mem­ber (www.ri­nascente.it). Fi­nally, Sephora, with numer­ous boutiques scat­tered across the city, is a top spot for the lat­est pam­per­ing prod­ucts. Here, you can lose your­self amidst thou­sands of fra­grances for him and her, skin­care prod­ucts, and the brightly-coloured cos­met­ics of some of the most cel­e­brated brands in the sec­tor (www.sephora.it).

enam­els. The Ate­lier is an iconic des­ti­na­tion for the savvy rad­i­cal chic Mi­lanese élite. Tues– Sat 10am-7pm. www.danielade­marchi.it. Via Pon­tac­cio, 2 (T: 02 86995040) Closed from 14 to 31 Au­gust and via dei Pi­atti, 9. T: 02 86995040. M1-M3 Duomo, M3 Mis­sori. Map E5 Closed from 14 to 20 Au­gust

Dior

Fol­low­ing a com­plete makeover by Peter Marino, the women's bou­tique of the his­toric Paris mai­son in via Mon­te­napoleone 12 hosts cloth­ing, ac­ces­sory, jew­ellery and high-class time­piece col­lec­tions all set within an ex­clu­sive, so­phis­ti­cated am­bi­ence, in per­fect keep­ing with the brand's cre­ations. Open Mon-Sat 10am7pm. www.dior.com. Via Mon­te­napoleone, 12. T: 02 76317801. M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map G4 Open daily

Dodo

The gold Dodo jew­ellery line, cre­ated in 1995, by Pomel­lato, is by now a clas­sic ei­ther for gift or col­lec­tion pur­poses. It sells an ar­ray of an­i­mal charm pieces, each of which has a par­tic­u­lar mean­ing. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am7pm. www.dodo.it. Corso Mat­teotti, 9. T: 02 49524750. M1 San Ba­bila. Map G4 Closed from 14 to 20 Au­gust

Gobbi 1842

Founded in 1842, Gobbi is a ref­er­ence point for re­fined jewelry just ex­panded by adding the brand Fred to the wide hand­crafted Gobbi col­lec­tion, and time­pieces, such as Patek Philippe, Rolex and Tu­dor. You will get the same fine as­sis­tance that the Gobbi fam­ily has been pro­vid­ing its clients for the last six gen­er­a­tions. The up­per-floor lab­o­ra­tory pro­vides quick, top qual­ity, watch re­pair and main­te­nance ser­vice. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www.gobbi1842.com. Corso Vit­to­rio Emanuele II, 15. T: 02 76020536. M1 San Ba­bila. Map G4 Closed from 12 to 20 Au­gust

IWC Schaffhausen

Af­ter Rome and Venice, IWC Schaffhausen has opened its third bou­tique in Italy, at no. 1 via Mon­te­napoleone, the heart of Mi­lanese lux­ury, where you can ad­mire all the col­lec­tions of its ex­quis­ite time­pieces. A pioneer in the world of fine watch­mak­ing since 1868, this Swiss watch­maker pro­duces mas­ter­pieces that com­bine inim­itable en­gi­neer­ing tech­niques and max­i­mum pre­ci­sion with an ex­clu­sive de­sign. www.iwc.com. Via Mon­te­napoleone, 1. T: 02 89623901. M1 San Ba­bila. Map G4 Closed from 13 to 20 Au­gust

Jaeger-LeCoul­tre Bou­tique

Ide­ally lo­cated in the heart of Mi­lan's “Golden Fash­ion Tri­an­gle”, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre opened its first Ital­ian bou­tique in keep­ing with the spirit of in­ven­tion and cre­ativ­ity which has set this ref­er­ence brand of Haute Hor­logerie apart in the field of watch­mak­ing since 1833. Fea­tur­ing an el­e­gant, low-key in­te­rior, this ex­clu­sive space har­mo­niously blends the best of de­sign and con­tem­po­rary ma­te­ri­als with an Art Déco style, a pe­riod in which the Swiss watch­mak­ers cre­ated the leg­endary Rev­erso. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-7.30pm; Sat 10.30am8.30pm; Sun 11am-7pm. www.jaeger-lecoul­tre. com. Via Mon­te­napoleone, 1. T: 02 76281376. M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map G4 Closed on 14 and 15 Au­gust

Luigi Verga Orologi

A large se­lec­tion of some of the most de­sir­able watch brands avail­able on the mar­ket, in­clud­ing Rolex, Tu­dor, Baume&Mercier, Pan­erai, Tag Heuer, Bre­itling, Di­et­rich, TCM, Pomel­lato and Pomel­lato 67. Luigi Verga Orologi also prides it­self on its af­ter-sales ser­vice and boasts an on-premises UNI EN ISO 9001: EDI­TION 2008 cer­ti­fied re­pair work­shop. www.ver­gaorologi.it. Open TuesSat 10am-1.30pm/3pm-7pm. Corso Ver­celli, 19. T: 02 48198656. M1 Con­cil­i­azione-M1 Pagano. Map C4 Closed from 6 to 31 Au­gust

MIMÌ Brog­gian Mi­lano

An ex­quis­ite, jew­ellery brand by the Brog­gian fam­ily has its mono­brand bou­tique in via Gesù 3. A space dis­tin­guished by its el­e­gant, cos­mopoli­tan al­lure, dis­play­ing the brand's brightly coloured, uber-fem­i­nine col­lec­tions in niches carved out in the wall. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-1.30pm/3pm-7pm. www.mim­im­i­lano.com. Via Gesù, 3. T: 02 76281461. M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map G4 Closed from 6 to 31 Au­gust

Orologe­ria Luigi Verga

A point of ref­er­ence for high-end watch­mak­ing col­lec­tors and lovers man­aged by the Verga Fam­ily since 1947. The store car­ries the most pres­ti­gious brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Aude­mar Piguet, Eber­hard & Co., Pan­erai, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre, Tu­dor and Hublot. Its cer­ti­fied up­per-floor work­shop pro­vides high-qual­i­fied watch re­pair and main­te­nance ser­vices. www. lui­giverga.it. Open Tues-Sat 10am-1.30pm/3pm7pm. Via G. Mazz­ini (Pi­azza Duomo). T: 02 8056521. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F5 Closed from 6 to 31 Au­gust • Open Tues-Sat 11am-7pm. Via V. Capelli, 6 (Pi­azza Gae Au­lenti). The store car­ries the most pres­ti­gious brands such as Patek Philippe, Cartier, Tu­dor, Pomel­lato and Mont­blanc. T: 02 6595775. M2-M5 Garibaldi FS. Map F2 Closed in Au­gust

Patek Philippe Bou­tique by Pisa Orologe­ria

The bou­tique rep­re­sents fur­ther proof of the per­fect har­mony be­tween the Pisa Fam­ily and the Patek Philippe brand, as well as their com­mon de­ter­mi­na­tion to of­fer clients an en­vi­ron­ment of ex­cel­lence for the Geneva mas­ter­pieces. Open Tues-Sat 10am-7pm; Mon 10.30am-7pm. www.patek.com. Via Verri, 9. T: 02 762081. M1 San Ba­bila. Map G4 Closed from 13 to 16 Au­gust

Pi­aget

Iconic Haute Hor­logerie and Joail­lerie brand Pi­aget has re­cently un­veiled its first Italy-based bou­tique in the heart of Mi­lan's fash­ion district. Its el­e­gant 250 sq.m. lo­ca­tion on two floors is dec­o­rated with oak wood flooring and pan­el­ing and gold-leaf cov­ered chests il­lu­mi­nated by Mu­rano glass lan­terns. The whole ef­fect is fur­ther height­ened by a gold-leaf mo­saic pat­tern which frames a win­dow dis­play vis­i­ble from the main en­trance. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am7pm. www.pi­aget.com. Via P. Verri, 10. T: 02 32164701. M1 San Ba­bila.Map F4 Closed on 15 Au­gust

Pisa Orologe­ria Flag­ship Store

A watch lover's par­adise for over 70 years. A ground-break­ing ex­pan­sion project in­volv­ing the ad­di­tion of 1,000 square me­tres ded­i­cated to forty brands that have made the his­tory of Haute Hor­logerie, from the A of

Aude­mars Piguet to the Z of Zenith. Pres­ti­gious time­pieces with par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the lat­est in­no­va­tions. As­sis­tance cen­tre and spe­cial­ized work­shop. Unique gift pack­ag­ing with de­liv­ery guar­an­teed to any part of the world. Open Mon 10.30am-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am1.30pm/2.30pm-7pm. www.pisaorologe­ria.com. Via P. Verri, 7. T: 02 762081. M1 San Ba­bila, M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map G4 Closed from 13 to 16 Au­gust

Pomel­lato

Es­tab­lished in 1967 and hand­crafted by ex­pert gold­smiths, Pomel­lato col­lec­tions in­clude vi­brant coloured stones set in gold, ir­reg­u­lar cuts and ul­tra-fem­i­nine de­signs. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www.pomel­lato.com. Via San Pietro all'Orto, 17. T: 02 76006086. M1 San Ba­bila. Map G4 • Mon­te­napoleone, 17. T:02 76014530. M1 San Ba­bila. Map G4 Closed from 12 to 16 Au­gust

Rocca 1794

Master jewellers and watch­mak­ers since the 18th cen­tury, Rocca rates among the first im­porters of lux­ury Swiss watches. A se­lec­tion among the most pres­ti­gious brands: Dami­ani, Rolex, Breguet, Ulysse Nardin, Omega, Cartier, Pan­erai, Pi­aget, Vacheron Con­stantin, Bre­itling, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre, Tu­dor, Gagà. Rocca guar­an­tees out­stand­ing lev­els of com­pe­tence and ex­pert skill­full con­sul­tancy. Open Mon-Sun 10.30am-7pm. www.rocca1794. com. Pi­azza Duomo, 25. T: 02 8057447. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F4 Open daily

Rolex Bou­tique by Pisa Orologe­ria

The Pisa fam­ily has al­ways been a fore­run­ner in the world watch sec­tor and now hosts the Rolex Bou­tique. The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Pisa fam­ily and the Rolex brand goes back over 70 years. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www.pisaorologe­ria.com. Via Mon­te­napoleone, 24. T: 02 76317726. M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map F4 Closed from 13 to 16 Au­gust

Ronchi

Opened in 1929, it has be­come a pres­ti­gious ref­er­ence point for watch lovers the world over, al­ways com­bin­ing a pas­sion for high-end watch­mak­ing with a love for re­fined jew­ellery and on­go­ing re­search on fash­ion-for­ward and clas­sic trends. Among the most pres­ti­gious brands: Rolex, Tu­dor, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre and Franck Muller. Open Tues-Sat 10am1.30pm/3pm-7pm. www.ronchi­gioielli.com. Via Gon­zaga, 5. T: 02 877449. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F5 Closed from 4 to 31 Au­gust

Salvini

The new flag­ship bou­tique re­veals the world of this con­tem­po­rary fine jew­eler fea­tur­ing ex­clu­sive col­lec­tions, care­fully se­lected by ex­pert gemol­o­gists. Salvini's pieces are char­ac­ter­ized by the use of only the high­est qual­ity pre­cious stones, ex­pertly crafted by master gold­smiths from Valenza, home to some of Italy's best-qual­i­fied jewelry ar­ti­sans. Class and so­phis­ti­ca­tion com­bined with the finest Ital­ian tra­di­tion are the main fea­tures of all its unique prod­ucts, ded­i­cated to a mod­ern woman in the sim­plic­ity of daily life. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 12 noon-7pm. www.salvini.com. Via Mon­te­napoleone, 25/3. T: 02 76340375. M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map F4 Closed from 14 to 20 Au­gust

Tif­fany & Co.

This world-renowned jew­eller has ten boutiques in Italy: Mi­lan, Rome, Venice, Verona, Florence and Bologna. Lo­cated in the heart of Mi­lan, it car­ries an ex­clu­sive se­lec­tion of classically sim­ple jew­ellery and gift items in per­fect keep­ing with the tra­di­tion of its fa­mous New York coun­ter­part founded in 1837. www.tif­fany.com. Open Mon-Sun 9.30am-8.30pm. Pi­azza Duomo Flag­ship Store. T: 02 89094202. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F4 • Open Mon-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Via della Spiga, 19/A. T: 02 76022321.M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map F4 • Open Mon-Sun 10am 8.30pm. Shop in Shop c/o Ex­cel­sior Mi­lano. Gal­le­ria del Corso, 4. T: 02 76280561. M1 San Ba­bila. Map G4

Van Cleef & Ar­pels

Re­spect for the past, a taste for beauty, a pas­sion for travel and a search for har­mony are the un­der­ly­ing val­ues that the Mai­son has con­tin­ued to up­hold since its cre­ation in 1906. A time­less rec­og­niz­able style de­fined by ele­gance, fem­i­nin­ity and cre­ative au­dac­ity are the hall­mark fea­tures found in all the col­lec­tions of this his­toric brand. For a cen­tury Van Cleef & Ar­pels have been fus­ing in­spi­ra­tion and tech­ni­cal prowess into cre­ations em­body­ing ex­per­tise, in­ge­nu­ity and tal­ent. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-7pm. www.van­cleef-ar­pels.com. Via P. Verri, 10. T: 02 7767951. M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map G4 Closed on 15 and 16 Au­gust

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