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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Leone, 21, Campo Marizo
Iosselliani’s elaborately beaded, multi-chained, rainbow-hued jewelry (both costume and fine) are statement pieces at their best. Conceived and crafted right here in Rome by a (married) couple of design-savvy jewelers, the artful rings, bracelets, and necklaces make for excellent keepsakes to bring home. The moody wood-and-mirrors flagship is also where you can see pieces from their home décor collection.
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.
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.
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.
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