Antik Arte & Scienza
A small window onto the ancient world of science. Located just a few steps from Castello Sforzesco and Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, this wunderkammer of affordable ancient artefacts takes collectors and aficionados on a voyage of discovery into the wonders of the past. Here, in addition to globes and nautical instruments, you can also find all kinds of brass and wooden instruments associated with the golden age of exploration. Open Mon-Sat from 10am-7.30pm. Closed on Sunday. www.antik.it. Via San Giovanni sul Muro, 10. T: 02 86461448. M1 Cairoli. Map E4
Located in the heart of Milan, in via Manzoni, Bernasconi 1872 is the Milanese reference point for the most exclusive Made in Italy creations. In addition to its exquisite, iconic silverware, it now also stocks selected artisanal products made from only the highest quality natural materials including horn, leather, marble and mother-of-pearl for home décor purposes that can be customized to suit individual customer requirements. All work processes are executed by hand by expert Italian artisans who imbue each object with sought-after elegance and allure, unique objects to be used, loved and handed down from generation to generation. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www.bernasconi1872.com. Via Manzoni, 44. T: 02 86460923. M3 Montenapoleone. Map F3
Located in the heart of Milan, venerable Parisian tableware and home decor house Christofle has given its emblematic boutique a sumptuous makeover. All of its tableware, home décor, accessories and jewelry collections, customizable on request, are sold both at its boutique and at la Rinascente (6th floor). Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www.christofle.com - firstname.lastname@example.org. Boutique Corso Venezia, 6. T: 02 781948. M1 San Babila. Map G4
Following the launch of its historic showroom in corso Venezia 53, via Fiori Chiari 6 is the address of Culti Milano's new Brera-based boutique dedicated to sought-after home fragrances. The store stocks the entire range of the House's signature fragrances, characterized by its unmistakable style which focuses on quality, a careful selection of only the finest ingredients and painstaking attention to detail, to personalize both the home and the workplace with an aura of sophisticated elegance. Open Tues-Sun 10.30am-7.30pm. www.culti.com. Via Fiori Chiari, 6. T: 02 36553875. M2 Lanza. Map F3
UNIQUE Boasting one hundred years in the business, this Neapolitan emblem of Italian sartorial sophistication has two sales points in Milan: a boutique in via Manzoni (Quadrilatero district) and an atelier in via Santa Maria alla Porta (Magenta area). The boutique carries a full assortment of all the brand's products: from its inimitable ties that have made it famous to a vast range of accessories
(small leather goods, perfumes, eyewear, cufflinks and watches), all accoutrements designed to complete the wardrobes of style savvy men and women. The boutique also has a corner dedicated to bespoke footwear made by Stivaleria Savoia (see listing). In addition to ready-to-wear collections, the atelier offers a custom-made service for those in search of handmade ties, shirts, suits and shoes. www.marinellanapoli.it. Boutique: Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. Via Manzoni, 23. T: 02 89010842. M3 Montenapoleone. Map F4 • Atelier: Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 5. T: 02 86467036. M1 Cordusio. Map E4
NEW A unique ‘playground' for old and young alike, the new store offers a wealth of innovative options including tables full of Lego brics in all shapes and sizes and an ‘immersion portal' consisting of a large transparent display case that children can enter in order to get a close-up view of unique scale models created with the famous bricks. It also feature new digital elements including the Lego ‘Minifigures Scanner', the ‘Digibox', the largest ‘Pick a Brick' in Italy and the monthly ‘Mini Model Build' event. Then, a preview of Lego creator Expert sets. Open daily 10am-8pm. www.lego.com. Corso Monforte, 2 corner of piazza San Babila. T: 02 76001670. M1 San Babila. Map G4
Maglia Francesco 1854
UNIQUE Among the numerous examples of Milanese artisanal excellence, for five generations this brand has represented the apex of Italian luxury and craftsmanship in the manufacture of umbrellas. At this ‘atelier of umbrellas' in via Ripamonti, time-honoured craftsmen keep alive the art of handcrafting umbrellas for women, men, children, gardens, beaches, ceremonies and special occasions, using infinite combinations of natural wood, leather, metal, inserts, fabrics and handles, in different frame sizes. One of the workshop's specialties are its single shaft umbrellas mounted on solid sticks and crafted in chestnut, ash, birch, Malacca, apple, maple, bamboo, cherry wood, wild cherry wood, olive, hickory and walnut. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-
5.30pm; Sat 9.30am-12.30pm (by appointment). Telephone for out-of-office appointments. www.ombrellimaglia.eu. Via Ripamonti, 194. Tram line 24, stop ‘Via Ripamonti via Noto' (departures from M1-M3 Duomo, M3 Missori, Corso di Porta Romana and Crocetta). T: 02 55219333. Off Map
Stefania Parisini Atelier
Located on the outskirts of Milan, this modernday atelier catering to bespoke made-to-measure women's clothing, is a place where art meets modern fashion. The Stefania Parisini Atelier offers exclusive, unique models (no two garments are alike) that highlight the best traits of each customer. Stefania, the designer, uses her longstanding artistic expertise to create exclusive, distinctive apparel designed to make every customer feel like a queen. www.stefaniaparisini.com. Viale Partigiani, 31 corner of viale Fulvio Testi (Cinisello Balsamo). By appointment only: to make an appointment, call between 9am and 5pm, T: 02 23167434). From April, customers can purchase ready-to-wear garments directly from the atelier which offers a wide choice of exclusive apparel and free customizations.Off Map
The showroom for customers and fans of the Palo Alto-based Californian brand has replaced its previous space in via Cerva (piazza San Babila area). Here aficionados can admire the latest 100% electric vehicles launched on the market by the US automotive company. Tesla's presence continues to grow in Italy, with more than 20 supercherger stations which facilitate recharging during road trips and more than 90 Destination Charging connectors, which complete its network and serve as an addition to standard domestic recharging. Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. www.tesla.com. Piazza Gae Aulenti, 4. T: 02 82950774. M2-M5 Garibaldi FS. Map F2
The Merchant of Venice
A historic brand epitomizing the Venetian art of perfume-making, has an elegant, new store in Brera. Its neo-Gothic décor and ornamentation reflect the typical style of ancient Venetian ‘palazzi'. The Merchant of Venice carries a luxury line comprising a wide range of exclusive fragrances for men and women, bath and body collections, home fragrances and accessories in elegant flacons based on the ancient designs of renowned Murano glass blowers. www. themerchantofvenice.com. Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-7.30pm. Via Brera, 4. T: 02 80581268. M2 Lanza. Map F4
Valli Tessuti Alta Moda
Valli Tessuti Alta Moda has opened its new boutique in the famed Quadrilatero della Moda, just steps away from Teatro alla Scala. A Milanese reference point that, since 1907, has offered its clientele the best Made-in-Italy fabrics inspired by the most beautiful haute couture collections. The store carries a vast assortment of precious, sought-after cuts to make elegant dresses, prêta-porter and ceremony attire both for men and women but also coats, shirts and bridal gowns. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 9.30am-7pm. Via G. Verdi, 2. vallitessuti.com. T: 02 782124. M3 Montenapoleone. Map F4
For more than 20 years, Ziio has created jewelry made from natural semi-precious stones, Murano glass and silver. Boasting a unique, original style, inspired by the oldest cultures in the world, each and every one of Ziio's pieces are crafted by hand. From ‘vintage' jewelry to new collections, presented at leading fairs in the sector across Europe, to more precious, unique pieces in gold and precious stones including rubies, emeralds and aquamarines, each product is strictly Made-in-Italy. The brand's standalone boutique is located in the picturesque district of Porta Nuova-Isola, a neighbourhood with a strong local heart where small shops cohabit side-by-side with some of Milan's coolest hangouts. Open Mon-Fri:
10.30am-2.30pm/3pm-7pm; Sat 10.30am-7.30pm. www.ziio.eu. Via De Castillia, 20. T: 02 36706771. Map F1
The new Pilot's Watch Chronograph by IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN is dedicated to French pilot and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
STEFANIA PARISINI See page 46.
ZIIO See page 46.
GIÒSA MILANO See page 42.
VIBRAM See page 47.