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London Wish List May 19, 2010

Dover Street Market: a must see trendsetting market featuring the various lines of Comme des Garcons as well as an outpost of the Rose bakery whose sister’s restaurant is in Paris.

Cutler & Gross: located conveniently near Harrod’s and Harvey Nichols. Began as an eyewear resource to rock and roll bands in the 60’s and 70’s.  Collectible and timeless…

Celia Birtwell: Best known for her marriage to Ossie Clark in the 60’s and for her exuberant prints. Her shop features yard goods and accessories.

After Noah: features American retro furnishings and accessories. Check out the Kings road or Harvey Nichols location.

Hackett: the British answer to Polo…best known for its logo wear featuring exaggerated polo numbers on sleeves and chests .

Feathers: uber trendy outpost for edgy design located near Paul Smith in the Westbourne Grove .

Designers Guild: Trisha Guild’s home away from home featuring vibrant printed yard goods, linens, and towels to brighten up grey London days.

Whistles: features young, trendy designers as well as private label. Various locations…

Smythson of Bond Street: (the perfect last minute gift ) the Duty free shop at the airport produces stationary and iconic bound leather books for any occasion. They are pocket sized leather books with kitschy phrases in guild leathering. They combine a beautiful technique with something irreverent.

Emma Hope: the originator of fancy footwear in London, specializes in beaded and embroidered satins and velvets…Visit their outlet in Islington.


Shop ’till You Drop, London May 18, 2010

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Paul Smith is known for his quirky twists on bespoke men’s and women’s wear suitings and ready-to-wear. Don’t miss this Paul Smith flagship located in the Westbourne house on Kensington Park Road.


Jigsaw is an upper end chain that features London bohemian ensembles for women and children.


Butler& Wilson recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. The iconic costume jeweler located in South Kensington and on S. Molton Street. …Tierras anyone?


Introduction to London May 17, 2010

London is completely  irreverent…the Queen Flag, high tea, and kitsch city are mixed with tremendous tradition. London takes a risk with fashion. Youth is very powerful in London, pushing trend and music. It is a much faster city, controlled by chaos. My friends who live there will tell you that the infrastructure of London is completely crippled. London is now cross cultural—Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Brits, Americans, French, and Africans are forming a melting pot. Take their papers for instance, a bunch of tabloids… There is a feeling of challenging the establishment when you’re there, which is kind of exciting, but Iconic London—the tradition, tea, and royals comparatively feel cheaper now than they ever did.  Once a town where you could not get a good meal, and now you can get anything you want!


Where To Stay: The Number Sixteen Hotel is a chic boutique hotel, which is part of the Firmdale chain. The one and only American hotel, Crosby Street, recently opened in Manhattan and was just rated one of the top new hotels in the world by Travel and Leisure.


Where To Visit: The Brompton Design District  is a new area in London that features a variety of home stores, now clustered together,  with a real point of view. Walkable from Harrod’s or King’s Road. Trafalgar Square  is an iconic square in London with lots of shopping and site seeing around it.


What to Bring Back:My union jack treasures pictured above hail from Accessorize, a chain of well priced accessory shops in London.


Milan: Best of the Rest May 14, 2010

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For the best view of the city, check out La Rinascente, the anchor department store in Galleria Victoria Emmanuel, which features five restaurants on the seventh floor offering rooftop dining to casual sushi…perfect for the late shopper. Walk off those carbs from the Duomo  to 10 Corso Como, the trendy hub for international design in automotive garage; great for tea and people watching.Last but not least, do not miss Ristorante A Santa Lucia. It is one of the oldest restaurants in Milan; white tablecloths and impeccable food make this a highly sought after eatery for the upper crust locals.


A Taste of Milan’s Food & Drink May 13, 2010

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Make sure to stop by Bagutta  for the best two hour lunch. Stay a while and satisfy your sweet tooth with their profiteroles.

For an afternoon caffeine fix, check out the Gucci Cafe. When you order tea here, you will get a huge plate of cookies! So delicious.

As dinner time rolls around, you must try Obika, a famous mozzarella bar and my favorite restaurant in Milan. More options to come tomorrow!


Some of My Favorite Things from Milan… May 12, 2010


1. The focaccia at Princi

2. Aspesi jackets

3. Fornasetti Ties and Trays

4. Moroni Gomma Gadgets and Home Accessories

5. Marvis Toothpaste

6. Pellini Bijoux Costume Jewelry


Milan: Shopping May 11, 2010

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10 Corso Como (the name is also the address)- is a cutting edge collection of the edgiest European designers for men and women as well as logo products from the store. 


Aspesi: the best all weather jackets in Europe. Difficult to find in the United States, supported by a ready to wear line for men and women. P.S. they also carry Comme des Garcons.


Fornasettiana: a remarkably directional graphic artist whose work is featured on men’s ties to furniture in this museum quality store


Tod’s the originator of the driving moccasin for fashionable feet, Tod’s continues to set the pace in footwear for men and women


Sermoneta Gloves: the most colorful and luxurious leather gloves in Europe…they feel like buttah.


Outetrolet: the famous print designer, Etro has a factory outlet in the center of Milan. A don’t miss stop on Via Spartaco.


Toy Watch: the uber trendy ultra lightweight, watches with exaggerated scale. The must have accessory for every lifestyle


Prada: don’t miss the original shop in the galleria next to the Duomo. Its iconic style and contemporary merchandise make it the flagship star


Cavalli e Nastri: fabulous vintage finds from accessories to Ready-to-Wear featuring Chanel to Hermes.  


Fiorucci: recently revamped, Fiorucci reigns as the must stop for Italian kitsch.


Replay : the premier Italian jean manufacturer, a vast space featuring styles for infants to adults.


Pellini Bijoux: unquestionably the most unforgettable costume jewelry in Milan, often featured on the runway with high end collections with locations Via Morigi, 9 and Via Menzoni, 20.



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