L’Archivio di Monserrato
Via Monserrato, 150
Argentinian transplant and daughter in law of artist Cy, Soledad Twombly has recently moved her famed Roman atelier to a new space and given it a new name.
Via di Monserrato, 35, Centro Storico
This space, founded by two of Italy’s top Creative Directors is a concept store meets atelier, that celebrates luxurious handmade items and old-school craft.
Bocca di Leone, 46, Campo Marzio
A one-stop shop for all things fashion and design (look for unique mid-century furniture, textiles, and lighting), plus flowers, candles, and home fragrance. If you want to linger, don’t miss the small tea house and oyster bar in the back. There’s a second outpost in Milan.
Made About Dreams
Piazza San Salvatore in Lauro, 11, Centro Storico
This sublime children’s shop stocks very cool, not ubiquitous things for littles. In addition to their own collection of darling hand-knitted bloomers and cardigans in soft, muted colors like mauve, blush, and grey, there are also handmade cotton toys from Maileg, cashmere onesies, plus labels like Stella McCartney Kids, and Nupkeet, a great boys line from Italy.
Piazza di Pasquino, 4, Centro Storico
Occupying an old upholsterer’s studio, Society is the brick-and-mortar outpost of the centuries-old Italian textile house, Limonta. Known for its simple, super-soft neutrals and pastels, the linens—everything from the jacquard throws to the cotton voile sheets and table runners—are top-notch in terms of quality. For warmer months, the seersucker sheet set is pretty much perfect. The linen napkin sets and placements make great gifts to bring back.
Via Margutta, 11, Campo Marizo
When Saddlers first launched in 1950's, it was an instant hit with its sleek drawstring bucket bags and totes, and counted Jacqueline Onassis as a fan. In 2009, the brand was revamped by Micaela Calabresi Marconi, a young fashion executive with a fondness for logo-free nostalgia. Its present-day incarnation maintains a retro-bent: color-blocked suede pochettes, studded clutches, and leather bracelets—all fully customizable. The weekend bag can be made to order, with a strap customized to you so it hits at just the right spot.
Via di S. Pantaleo, 68-69, Centro Storico
Pots of cacti lining the storefront might not be exactly what you’d expect from a men’s shop in Rome, but SBU (the abbreviation stands for Strategic Business Unit) isn’t afraid to buck convention. In a city where tailored pants and cashmere pullovers are the norm, SBU has its own line of hipster-inflected menswear—think shelves of dark, straight-leg denim, utility jackets, leather high-tops, plus some Japanese selvedge.
Via del Babuino, 81, Campo Marizo
We like to think of this as the Italian equivalent of say, a Barneys, though it’s a bit smaller in size. There’s both a men’s and women’s flagship on Via Babuino, plus a few smaller shops scattered throughout the city; you’ll find an unerring edit of Alaia, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, and the Row—albeit with a Roman bent. (The Céline assortment, unsurprisingly, is really good.) For the guys, they bet big on more tailored suiting looks from Thom Browne, plus sharp jackets from Givenchy and Valentino sneakers.
Via del Governo Vecchio, 67, Centro Storico
Take one look at Delfina Delettrez’s artfully edgy—yet somehow totally trend-proof—gemstone-laden pieces, and it’s no surprise at all that she’s a Fendi through and through. Tucked into a side street near the Piazza Navona, her teeny shop is set up to look like the inside of an intricate jewelry box (the space housed a pharmacy in its past life), complete with mirrored walls, ivory-colored pharmacist’s cabinets, and insect-themed curiosities—undoubtedly a nod to the creepy-crawly motifs of some of her more elaborate creations.
Via Bocca di Leone, 32, Campo Marizo
Dad to Delfina and the man who inspired her to go into jewelry design in the first place, Bernard Delettrez has been churning out surrealistic, mixed-medium jewelry—sculls, bones, insects, and reptiles—for decades. His shop, while small, feels more like a gallery than a retail space, with a wide range of his work displayed in a series of museum-style cases.
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