19 March 2016

Milan Vintage Tour

If vintage is your passion, don’t miss the opportunity to discover retro-style furniture and fittings, accessories and clothes in Italy’s design capital, as well as experiencing evenings in places where the magic of the 1900s is still preserved.

Our Milan Vintage Tour starts around the Navigli – the old canals where much of Milan’s nightlife is concentrated and a really authentic part of the city. Here you’ll discover Maison Borrella, a small hotel in a former home with an exquisite internal courtyard.

Still on the Navigli, we stop at Mauro Bolognesi, a small gallery displaying vintage Scandinavian furniture and objects. On to the Vicolo dei Lanvandai, where women would do the laundry, now a hub of ateliers and workshops. Then we proceed along the Naviglio Grande, towards the Duomo, the cathedral and symbol of Milan, through a labyrinth of narrow, medieval streets where the store Wait and sees is tucked away. In this cosy concept store you can sip on a coffee while admiring vintage accessories from all over the world.

Next stop, the Vintage Delirium showroom, where embroidery and exquisite fabrics dated between 800 and the 1980’s are for sale in a fairytale like inner courtyard near the cathedral.

If you love retro clothes you shouldn’t miss Cavalli e Nastri, a renowned vintage boutique in Milan, or another favourite, My room by Susanna Ausoni, stylist to the Milan jet setters and expert on the perfect outfit for every occasion.

Our tour couldn’t bypass the Nonostante Marras concept store, a multifunctional space where clothes – vintage and new collections –  are mixed with art, food and culture.

If it happens to be aperitif time, our Milan Vintage Tour will take you to Fonderie Milanesi, a former metal workshop where where you can now sip on an old-style cocktail in a building dating back 250 years.

Milan’s speakeasy Club 1930 is where we like to conclude our tour. A long-kept secret, inspired by the era of prohibition, where once you could only access the bar’s back room by invitation or password.