Horses and Blackberry Ribbons
Once a working-class area of railing houses, the Ticinese neighborhood, one of the oldest and most distinctive in the city, was the neighborhood of punks and poets, radical leftists and literary revolutionaries, of subcultures, music, drug dealing (Piazza Vetra) and, in the 1990s, of hip hop culture. And the neighborhood of the Rattazzo bar, opened in 1961 and a true actual informal headquarters of the Milanese Sixty-eight, of the Cox18 social center, occupied since 1976, and the Gattullo pastry shop, where Jannacci, Giorgio Gaber and Sergio Endrigo. A neighborhood now largely reevaluated and partly gentrified, Ticinese still retains a dual soul, amid the gourmet burgers and sushi bars there are still the Frizzi e Lazzi and Lina Orsolina, places that are certainly not fancy, but still imbued with the spirit of the old Milan, and among the storefronts devoted to American streetwear there are still the old haberdashers and junk shops.
The first Cavalli e Nastri was located on Corso di Porta Ticinese, the old road that connected Milan and Pavia and named after the Ticino River. Today it has moved a little farther down the street, to number 12 Via Giangiacomo Mora, a smaller and more private street that nonetheless retains however, the spirit of the neighborhood. A large and cozy space, a little bit boutique and a a bit boudoir, where in addition to the high-end vintage that characterizes the brand there are garments of antiques, lace, lace, 1920s petticoats, Edwardian shirts, silk kimonos, dresses haute couture and handmade sweaters in fine yarns. The one at 12 Mora Street and the Cavalli e Nastri of research, of niches, where styling becomes fashion and where among the irreverence of the years Nineties of Jean Paul Gualtier and the cerebral minimalism of Issey Miyake find space unpublished items from travels, private collections and the unerring good taste of Claudia Jesi and her niece Benedetta.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 regular stop for good nights. Here you will find the Bar Cuore, the Berlin, the Isola delle Gelato and, a little further down Via Cesare Correnti, the Ostello Bello. If, however, it is true that the street really begins to light up at cocktail hour and then catch fire after midnight, it is also true that during the day it keeps alive the bourgeois-bohemian charm of old Milan. Recently reconverted into a - refined - shopping street, in the street one meets students from fashion schools on the hunt for novelty, stylists and fashion editors in search of inspiration, elegant ladies and distinguished gentlemen who eschew the convention of the jacket and tie in the most bureaucratic of its expressions. For the latter, the obligatory stop is in via Mora 3, the "men's department" of Cavalli and Nastri. Here one can find suits by Dolce &Gabbana, silk ties by Hermès, 1970s blazers, shirts with paisley patterns, vests with Fornasetti prints, antique cufflinks, Ray Ban Caravan and Levi's 501. Here also along with a sneaker and a Barbour, there is a sought-after selection of objects of furniture, design and modern antiques.
Horses and Ribbons Brera
Brera is the Montmartre of Milan; once home to artists (the poor ones) and closed houses, today it is the neighborhood of the bourgeoisie. In these narrow streets where the buildings have ceilings frescoed and courtyards smell of jasmine, everything is charm, luxury and good taste. Art, however has remained, and with it the love of beauty. There are the galleries, the art gallery, the academy, the design and artistic perfumery stores. There are still the master craftsmen, the goldsmiths and, between a tea room and a Michelin restaurant, there is also still Bar Giamaica, where they had coffee Lucio Fontana, Salvatore Quasimodo, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Dino Buzzati and Dario Fo. In Brera there are vernissages, galas, the events of the Salone del Mobile and the fashion week. There are the big names in furniture and fashion and, at number 2 on the street central street of the district, via Brera, there is also the second store - in chronological order - of Cavalli e Nastri, which chose to open to this neighborhood precisely because it shares its love of beauty. "Brera 2" and the cradle of vintage culture in Milan, from the Fifties to the 2000s. There are Chanel jackets and Hermes scarves, Louis Vuitton and Roberta di Camerino dresses. There are the embroidered silk clutches, the robes de chambre, brocades and velvets. There are Gucci and Ferragamo, and Prada and Armani holding high the Made in Milan flag. Here we dress for the premiere at La Scala, for the Film Festival and for theme parties, and while overseas travelers try on evening gloves, gowns cocktail dresses and skirts in casual Indian fabrics, local ladies come to have their appraise the wardrobe of past seasons and family jewelry.