For those who just can’t fit their Italian souvenirs into their bags heading back home, Tumi is coming to the rescue. The accessories brand is opening its latest boutique this week in Milan’s golden shopping district, near the Burberry and Jil Sander banners. Modeled after Tumi’s Manhattan flagship, the store’s design reflects the company’s recent focus on feminine accessories without neglecting its core men’s business. The label’s trademark red panels and red Murano glass chandeliers contrast with the neutral limestone floor, while enameled ebony displays with chrome fixtures complete the look, spearheaded by Tumi’s new creative director, David Chu.
Tumi, 31 Via Verri; Tel.: +39-02-7600-4830
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Carlotta Danti, the spirited mind behind Rosamosario, is placing her precious golden eggs in Milan’s basket. Her first store, dedicated to her luxury lingerie line, marks a big step for the self-made designer and a fresh look for the conventional, old-Milan Viale Premuda neighborhood. The uncluttered white walls serve as an ideal backdrop for the lingerie, priced between 120 and 400 euros, or $170 and $560 at current exchange, and the sleepwear, retailing from 500 to 2,000 euros, or $700 to $2,800. Danti’s designs are displayed like works of art, draped from gilded wood hangers reminiscent of Renaissance picture frames. The high ceilings are balanced by the innovative lighting and strategically placed floor-to-ceiling mirrors. A raw, unfinished concrete floor contrasts starkly with red and gold velvet furniture, an eclectic mix that reflects the personality of the designer. An opening fete will take place during fashion week, on Sept. 23, complete with lingerie models, a Rolls Royce on display in the garden and Krug Champagne flowing. But if you can’t make the party, the bubbly will always be available at the store’s Champagne point.
Rosamosario, 21 Via Benvenuto Cellini;
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Walking into this new gelateria is like entering one of Milan’s designer boutiques — given the care the owners take in displaying their products. But instead of the latest ready-to-wear or accessories, visitors find milk bottles and enticing piles of gelato and fresh fruit at Bianco Latte. Even the decor screams “yum” — the dark chocolate hardwood floor surrounded by cream-colored walls and milky white accents is enough to put anyone in the mood for ice cream. The siblings behind Bianco Latte, Valentina and Ludovica di Sarro decided to start their own business when attempts to open a Starbucks in Milan turned out to be futile. “We wanted to start our own chain, using quality Italian products and offering a healthy alternative,” said Ludovica di Sarro. Bianco Latte’s strength surely lies in the rich, all-natural gelato, which is free of hydrogenated fats. Among the favorite flavors are Buonbiscotto and pistachio. The treats don’t end in the freezer, though, as house-roasted coffee, cookies, pastries, granitas — Sicilian-style slushies — milk shakes, fruit smoothies and the original “gelato-drink” that combines fruit sorbets with fruit juices are also on the menu. A new dining room opening in time for fashion week will offer a selection of salads, sandwiches and cold and hot dishes, all homemade. Bianco Latte is open daily from 7 a.m. until midnight.
Bianco Latte, 30 Via Turati; Tel.: +39-02-6208-6177
Les Tropeziennes designer and founder Massimo Palazzo can now count a boutique in the golden triangle, scooping up the previous Godiva chocolate location on Via Manzoni — just steps from the Armani megastore. Art Deco silk jacquard tapestry panels in understated tan and gray hues are fitting for the new, more sophisticated location — a departure from the brand’s original frilly flagship near Porta Ticinese. Warm travertine marble floors add to the cozy mood of the store. The ground floor showcases the core collection, priced from 300 to 1,000 euros, or $420 to $1,400, while one-of-a-kind and custom-made shoes are available on the top floor.
Les Tropeziennes, 29 Via Manzoni; Tel.: +39-02-7208-0308
Restaurant Lyr was born of a desire to introduce the delights of hummus, kibbeh and traditional Lebanese cuisine, as well as the chic vibe of Beirut to the daring Milanese. Opened by Lebanese entrepreneur Rahib El Monla, the design of the restaurant is a mélange of contrasts — earth tones and gold; leather brocade with cotton; rococo Louis XVI sofas and armchairs with minimalist tables. Chef Morhaf Iddin describes his cuisine as a contemporary take on traditional Lebanese recipes — some from his mother — adapted for the more delicate European taste buds. Try the sea bass kibbeh and the Fillet Lyr with a secret Lebanese twist. The well-stocked wine list of European and Lebanese vintages boasts a 30-year-old Chateau Musar.
Lyr, 48 Corso Sempione; Tel.: +39-02-3361-2490
On the eve of its one-year anniversary, Ristorante Bianca has established itself among the most fashionable eateries in Milan. Already a favorite with the fashion crowd, Bianca is also attracting food connoisseurs who are seduced by its block-white decor, which is believed to accentuate the senses, colors, smells and taste of the food. The young owners have created a relaxing atmosphere with music from the Twenties seeping through a quiet patio situated out back, where guests can enjoy relaxed aperitivi or light lunches. A Zone diet option is also available. Sardinian Francesco Onida, the 25-year-old head chef, worked at the Bulgari Hotel restaurant before joining Bianca. He suggests the porceddu, or roasted suckling pig, a Sardinian specialty that’s always on the menu, or a sampler of more traditional insular cuisine, with a monthly appointment on a Monday for a Sardinian-only themed night.
Bianca, 10 Via Panizza; Tel.: +39-02-4540-9037
According to Lucia Russi, one pitfall of today’s breakneck pace is that people don’t know how to take it easy anymore.
To change such an unhealthy habit, Russi followed the example of her Roman ancestors and their concept of spa to open Aquae Calidae, the first Roman bath in Milan.
“The first thing the Romans did when they settled someplace was to build a crossroad and a spa to heal their mind and body. This was 2,000 years ago,” explained Russi. “We wanted to re-create that atmosphere, where people tune out and recharge themselves without the pressure of rushing off after a massage because someone else is waiting.”
Flexible in terms of stay, Aquae Calidae is an emotional and sensorial experience. Guests can meditate, sweat it out in a scented, candle-lit steam room and get a sea salt, spring water and oil scrub by a tunic-clad maid, and then indulge in a massage or a signature donkey milk lotion treatment.
Aquae Calidae,14 Via Santa Sofia; Tel.: +39-02-5843-0269
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews