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.
L’Oro dei Farlocchi
Via del Carmine, 11, Brera
Vintage lovers will get a kick out of this shop in Brera, which carries old costumes, sculptures, statues, toys, and everything in between. The inventory is vast, which means you should set aside at least an hour or two for getting lost in the maze of stuff for sale.
Piazza Antinori 4r, Florence
Loretta Caponi and her daughter Lucia are the women at the helm of this atelier—it’s filled with the most beautiful handmade sheets and pillowcases, slippery-soft silk nightwear that conjures up images of an old-world wedding trousseau, and embroidered linen tablecloths fit for feasts. Signora Caponi takes orders but asks for a month’s notice for delivery.
Luisa Via Roma
Via Silvio Pellico, 9, Florence
Luisa Via Roma is Italy’s (arguably better) answer to Barneys. The store is big—but not too big—and strictly curated to show off the best of Italian fashion and the most avant-garde of the international companies. Expect Fendi and Fiorucci alongside Versace, Yeezy, and Paul Andrew. The jewelry edit is sublime and features hard-to-find brands like Delfina Delettrez and Aurélie Bidermann. There’s also a terrace bar for a post-shopping cocktail.
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.
Via dei Bergamaschi, 49, Colonna
From trendy to classic to downright avant-garde, the eyewear at this tiny, son-and-mom operated shop is—for lack of a better term—a sight to see: The frames are divided into themed collections and come in a rainbow of colors (the ombre and neon sunglasses are favorites) and prints. Ask them to see the vintage collection if you stop in.
Viale Vincenzo Lancetti, 34, Derganino
Nina Yashar is one of the queens of the Italian design world, so there was an electric sense of excitement when the gallerist and furniture dealer opened Nilufar Depot three years ago. The space is a converted silverware factory near Milan’s Garibaldi train station, a three-story wonderland comprising thousands of historic and contemporary pieces, including work from legends like Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti. It’s not technically a museum, but coming here can feel like the ultimate education in Italian design. And because inventory changes all the time, there’s always something new to see, no matter how many times you go back.
Palazzo Fendi Largo Goldoni, 420, Campo Marizo
A true Roman heritage brand, Fendi went to great lengths to restore and revamp a historic palazzo to serve as the brand’s six-story headquarters, while still letting the building’s magnificent architecture shine. In addition to the two floors of retail space—complete with contemporary art from the family’s private collection—there’s a Zuma sushi outpost, an apartment reserved exclusively for VIP’s, and a branded seven-room hotel, Fendi Private Suites.
Via Dei Rondinelli, 17/R, Florence
In the same artisanal league as Loretta Caponi’s silks and linens, Richard Ginori’s dinnerware is fit for dinner with a royal family or at least a dozen aristocrats. The delicately painted Florentine porcelain plates, cups, saucers, and serving dishes are displayed like works of art throughout the space. The business was run by the Ginori family from its inception in 1735 until the early 1920s, and the quality of each piece is still exceptional all these years later.
Piazza S. Marco, 3, Brera
Originally from Florence, the porcelain maker Richard Ginori also has a new outpost in Milan’s Navigli neighborhood, selling not only the brand’s colorfully patterned tableware but also vintage wood furniture, chandeliers, and quirky decorative items (like antique chicken coops). Ginori’s recent resurgence in popularity is thanks in part to creative director Alessandro Michele, who also has the top creative job at Gucci.
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