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Milan Fashion Week Preview: Scene

Shops, eateries and spas to check out in Milan.

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SECOND SKIN

Anyone looking for some stylish accessories can plan to visit Serapian’s first flagship, opened in May. Known for understated elegance since 1945, the label decorated its new digs with discreet silver birch wood and stainless steel details and cream walls for a bright, welcoming atmosphere. Alongside a large selection of small leather goods, bags and suitcases, Serapian offers a made-to-order service, with nearly 6,000 models and a wide variety of precious leathers to choose from, including some original pieces from the Thirties.

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Serapian, 42 Via della Spiga; +39-02-7602-4451

OLDIE BUT GOODIE

Elio Ferraro, the Italian vintage heavyweight who has stores in London and in Florence, has taken his concept to Milan with a hybrid art gallery and vintage clothing shop in the fashionable Corso Como neighborhood. A white backdrop shows off the carefully selected pieces with clothing racks along the walls, while antiques from the Fifties to the Eighties serve as decoration. Exclusive pieces like a long velvet Chanel dress from the Thirties or a printed wool tuxedo jacket labeled Emilio Pucci by Zegna from the late Seventies are accompanied by designer prototypes that never went into production, including a Tom Ford red leather dress and a Gucci suede motorcycle jacket.

Gallery/Store, 1 Via P. Maroncelli;
+39-02-4311-3202

MOVING ON

A big change has come for designer Juanita Sabbadini: She shuttered her atelier on Via Montenapoleone to open a concept store near Porta Venezia. The 1,036-square-foot space, decorated with a less-is-more, black-and-white theme, houses her haute couture line and rtw — cashmere sweaters, silk coats, stretch pants. It also carries a selection of accessories from English and American brands, including Philip Tracy hats and handbags, plus home accessories and interior gifts, like hand-painted dishes, candles and fragrances.

Juanita Sabbadini Evolution, 2 Viale Majno;
+39-02-7602-0171

 

 

EDGY STARS

A fire-red revolving door welcomes guests into Milan’s newest and coolest five-star hotel designed by Italian archi-star, Italo Roti. Near the Duomo cathedral, it has soaring free-form columns covered with colored glass panels, chrome bars woven like threads in complex patterns, a digital fishpond and an ancient bonsai. Downstairs there’s a lounge and bar, Lambruscheria Carni e Vini, as well as an extensive spa with a Space Age feel. On the main floor is the museum hall, an all-black sitting room with art exhibitions that rotate, plus a seafood restaurant.

Exedra Hotel, 4 Corso Matteotti; +39-02-7767-9611

TEA TIME

La Maison Du Mekong is a meditative oasis away from the noisy rush of the city. Located inside the Cargo & HighTech interior design store near Corso Como, the French Colonial-style tea room has soothing sienna colored walls, rich mahogany wood furniture and decorative pieces like grass carpets and Yixing terra-cotta tea pots. Visitors can pick from among 50 types of tea and 20 herbal blends, including the exclusive Saigon Blue blend of green tea with orange rind and marigold.

La Maison du Mekong, 12 Piazza XXV Aprile;
+39-02-624-1101

URBAN OASIS

Hado’s Japanese name means the energy from a wave’s crest, which befits this new Milanese spa equipped with a lineup of feel-good water treatments. Descend into Hado’s haven and undo the stress knots by soaking in a stone-lined seawater pool, then alternate between its fragrant steam room, detoxifying sauna, and a jolt from a bucket of icy water. For an extra indulgence, try the spa’s signature “Walking in the Garden of Eden” peels, where the body is buffed with dried organic flowers and then massaged with wavelike movements.

Hado, 3 Corso Buenos Aires; +39-02-953-1350

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