Cavalli e Nastri Mora
Once a working-class area of railing houses, the Ticinese district, one of the oldest and most characteristic in the city, was the neighbourhood of punks and poets, of radical leftists and literary revolutionaries, of subcultures, music, drug dealing (Piazza Vetra) and, in the 1990s, hip hop culture. The neighbourhood of the bar Rattazzo, opened in 1961 and informal headquarter of the Milanese 1968 protests, of Cox18, squatted since 1976, and of the Gattullo pastry shop, where once famous Italian musicians such as Jannacci, Giorgio Gaber and Sergio Endrigo used to meet. A neighborhood now largely re-evaluated and partly gentrified, Ticinese still retains a dual soul; in amongst the gourmet burgers and sushi bars there are still places like Frizzi e Lazzi and Lina Orsolina, hardly refined but still imbued with the spirit of old Milan, and amongst the shop windows dedicated to American streetwear there are still the old haberdasheries and junk dealers.
Vintage archives, reserach, and experimentalism. Antiques and rarities.
The first Cavalli e Nastri used to be located in Corso di Porta Ticinese, the old road that connected Milan and Pavia named after the Ticino river. Today it has moved a little further away, to number 12 Via Giangiacomo Mora, a smaller and more reserved street that still preserves the spirit of the neighborhood. A large and cozy space, a bit boutique and a bit boudoir, where together with the high-end vintage that characterizes the brand you can find antiques, lace, petticoats from the twenties, Edwardian shirts, silk kimonos, couture dresses and handmade sweaters in fine yarns. The one in via Mora 12 is the Cavalli e Nastri of research, of niches, where styling becomes fashion and where, between the Nineties irreverence of Jean Paul Gaultier and the cerebral minimalism of Issey Miyake, there is room for unique pieces coming from travels, form private collections and from the infallible good taste of Claudia Jesi and her niece Benedetta.
Vintage “men’s department”, from Caraceni suits to Barbours, among design furniture and modern antiques.
In Milan, via Gian Giacomo Mora, is a landmark of good nightlife. Here you can find the Bar Cuore, the Berlin, the Isola delle Gelato and, a little further on in Via Cesare Correnti, the Ostello Bello. If, however, it is true that the street begins to really light up at cocktail o'clock and actually ignites after midnight, it is also true that during the day it keeps alive the bourgeois-bohemian charm of old Milan. Recently converted into a refined shopping street, it is a meeting point for fashion school students on the hunt for novelties, stylists and fashion editors in search of inspiration, elegant ladies, and distinguished gentlemen who eschew the suit and tie convention in its most bureaucratic expressions. For the latter, the mandatory stop is in Via Mora 3, the "men's department" of Cavalli and Nastri. Here you can find Dolce & Gabbana suits, silk ties by Hermès, blazers from the Seventies, shirts with paisley patterns, vests with prints by Fornasetti, antique cufflinks, Ray Ban Caravan, Levi's 501, and items from the most celebrated Italian taylors such as Ravizza and Caraceni. Moreover, along with a sneaker and a Barbour, there is a sought-after selection of furniture, design and modern antiques.
Cavalli e Nastri Brera
Gucci, Prada, Chanel, and Ferragamo. From the Fifties to more recent pre-owned.
Brera is Milan's Montmartre: once a place of artists and brothels, today it houses the wealthy bourgeoisie. In these narrow streets where the buildings have frescoed ceilings and the courtyards smell of jasmine, everything is charm, luxury and good taste. Art, however, has remained, together with the love for beauty. There are galleries, museums, the Fine Arts Academy, design stores and artistic perfumery labs There still are master craftsmen, goldsmiths and, between a tea room and a Michelin-starred restaurant, there's also still Bar Giamaica, where Lucio Fontana, Salvatore Quasimodo, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Dino Buzzati and Dario Fo all had their coffee.
In Brera there are the openings, gala evenings, the events of the Design Week and Fashion Week. There are the big names in furniture and fashion and, at number 2 of the district's central street, via Brera, there is also the second store - in chronological order - of Cavalli e Nastri, which has chosen to open to this district precisely because it shares its love for beauty. "Brera 2" is the cradle of vintage culture in Milan, from the 1950s to the 2000s. There are Chanel jackets and Hermès scarves, Louis Vuitton bags and Roberta di Camerino dresses. There are embroidered silk clutches, robes de chambre, brocades and velvets. There are Gucci and Ferragamo, and Prada and Armani to hold the Made in Milan flag high. Here we dress for the premiere at La Scala, for the Film Festival and for theme parties. Travelers from overseas try on evening gloves, cocktail dresses and skirts in casual Indian fabrics, local ladies come to have their wardrobes and family jewels appraised, and girls embrace sustainable fashion by trading last season’s ready-to-wear for pre-loved branded items.