5 Amazing stores in Milan that shoppers won’t tell you about

Milan Design Week (Salone del Mobile) 2017 has just passed. For the past weeks, we’ve witnessed global creative and fashionistas on the street. They have come to the right spot  – Milan is a wonderful place to shop! Hunting for unique, inspiring design that you can only get in Milan? Here is my private list of best shopping secrets.

1. Jewelry/watches: Orologeria Pisa

Today’s Pisa Orologeria is an upscale watch heaven. You’ll find big names like Piaget, Hublot, as well as individual artisan watchmakers such as Gruebel Forsey and Parmigiani Fleurier.

I love this watch shop because it has classic-looking watches that are also precious pieces of jewelry. Often times, it is hard to find the combination of watch craftsmanship with jewelry-like beauty. I have never had problem finding unique pieces of jewelry-watch in Pisa Orologeria. The brand’s iconic line features the sinuous curve, called “the Line of Grace”, and gives a timeless, feminine look. Fun fact: the Pisa family founded the first Italian watchmaking school!

2. Contemporary Italian furniture: Baxter

Baxter is world-famous for its otherworldly beautiful leather furniture. What I love the most is that Baxter’s leather furniture doesn’t look like anything ancient or old-school, which is usually associated with the use of leather.

The brand succeeds in transforming the visual heaviness of leather into a light, contemporary, modern looking piece. Most of the Baxter furniture has a minimalist aesthetic, which matches well in every kind of modern home settings. Baxter’s design is ultra modern, low-key elegant, but the fine leather texture gives every piece the “extra” element to be surprised about.

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5 Best Celebrity Trails in Milan to Explore

Dynamic, fun, stylish, and multifaceted, Milan has definitely won the people’s choice award for the Best Place to Live! Alessandro Manzoni, Leonardo DaVinci, Einstein, Hemingway, and George Clooney have all decided that Milan is where the heart is. These fabulous people also make Milan a special place to be remembered. In your next trip to Milan (or maybe it is your first!), there is always a good reason to follow these celeb-filled trails. Here are our suggested ideas for you:

1. Alessandro Manzoni’s Milan

One of the most famous Romantic figure in Italian literature, Alessandro Manzoni was born to be a real Milanese, which is a rare find these days. Milan was the center of inspiration for many of Manzoni’s novels, in which you can trace the story lines in the city’s historic center today.

Casa del Manzoni, Manzoni’s house museum, is a good place to start. Not only it is the family house where Manzoni lived for decades and passed away, but the house-museum architecture itself is also a gem-like example of a typical Milanese palace (“palazzo” in Italian). Behind the neo-classical, elegant, orange and beige façade, Manzoni’s bedrooms are surprisingly simple and modest. There is also a fantastic exhibition on Manzoni’s places, places in Milan that are profoundly linked to Manzoni characters’ emotions.

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2. Leonardo da Vinci’s Milan

The all-time iconic Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci, had his most prolific period in Milan. You’ll hate to miss his world-famous “Last Supper” fresco in Santa Maria delle Grazie church, so remember to reserve a spot at least three months ago. Da Vinci’ patron, Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza, gifted him a gorgeous vineyard just across the “Last Supper” fresco. Today, it is the Leonardo’s Vineyard, a quaint, green, and classically decorated space to relax and promenade. Believe it or not, the present day owners are actually replanting the vine the way it would have been done in Leonardo’s time – a white grape from Renaissance-era Lombardy region.

The 16th century renaissance style vineyard is now an ultra-chic place to hang out in the heart of Milan. Enjoy the breeze and outdoor views while sipping aperitivo drinks in Leonard’s once-forgotten vineyard.

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