Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:20 PM
Hello all. Making a trip to the mecca of menswear - Italy.
Rome - Florence - Venice. Maybe a trip down to Milan for a day.
Just trying to shamelessly crowd source some noteworthy places to go to - places to eat, drink and of course #menswear.
I'll drop by Liverano's atelier in Florence, even if its just to fondle the merchandise
Posted 01 December 2013 - 04:04 AM
Don't miss out Nerbone in Mercato Centrale in Florence. Their pig's stomach filled buns are at best intriguing but the other hot food they serve is excellent. For a fuss free dinner, head to Trattoria da Gratella for a massive serving of Bistecca alla Fiorentina and ribollita soup. Nearby to it is a really good pasta restaurant, I Tozzo di Pane.
Be sure to buy tickets to the Uffizi in advance. The online reservation fee of > 10 euros is worth it as you'll either end up waiting in line for 2-3 hours or buying tickets from a tout. I'll also set aside some time (and quite a bit of money) for Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella which is one of the world's oldest pharmacies still in operation. While some of their products are also available in London and New York,it's substantially cheaper in Florence and the shop/church itself is an attraction by itself. If wine is your thing, vineyard tours where you end up drinking enough Chianti to last for a week, can also be arranged.
In Venice,forget what people say about the gondola being a rip-off.Yes, it's a rip-off and somewhat kitsch but do yourself a favour and go for a little scoot. You may wish to stay in Murano or Burano where things are slightly less touristy and you can still reach the main attractions by vaparetto in 20 minutes. The pigeons in Piazza San Marco are NASTY. Don't go near them - I remember seeing them eating one of their comrades who died mid-flight.
I think it takes more than a day to appreciate Milano but if that's all the time you have, you must spend the evening partaking in the popular aperitivo culture. At around 6-8 p.m, many bars will have a spread of charcuterie that you're free to eat if you bought a drink. To blend in, order an aperol spritz or negroni. You should have been well acquainted with the former if you spent a couple of days in Venice.
I have nothing much to say about Rome other than to avoid self-service restaurants near the Vatican.
Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:46 AM
Milano actually has been the real mecca of tailor starting from the 50s and also in its traditions, before the austrians with the "Accademia dei Sartori". Giuseppe Garibaldi had been the president of the unione milanese sarti and all the greatest tailoring houses were in Milano.
Beside this, I suggest you to spend some days in Milano as it is, with very much probability, the most hidden city within the italian territory.
This is due to the fact that it was a town just like all the other "cities" such as Firenze, Venezia, Napoli, but with the industrialisation it has been covered and hidden by new old buildings, and some of those 2 floors buildings were substituted by 4 or 5 floors buildings. Still you can see this type of evolutions in the historical centre where the old time villas mix with the bauhaus and postwar structures. So my advise is to get lost in the historical centre, take a walk in its narrow streets and admire the old time beauty of Milano, I'm sure you will not regret it. Milano it is not only a fashion city.
Posted 19 May 2014 - 11:04 AM
*if you need a mule i may be able to accommodate*
Posted 07 July 2014 - 01:50 AM
Thanks both. I think I've got the workwear angle covered cuz I'm going to the bread and butter tradeshow with the folks from Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies, so will deffo rub shoulders with the major stores. I was hopeful of finding a good cloth bin, but google yielded minimal results.
Posted 07 August 2014 - 03:46 PM
I wonder if six days is too little to have a Hainanese suit made for myself. It would be great if there is like a village tailor. How cool is that.
I have an insane love for shellfish, and for the longest time ever, I have always thought that my ancestors must have eaten lots of it because it felt like primal food to me. I mean, I had European housemates who live their entire lives without ever needing to eat any shellfish. Me, I was pining for seafood most of the time.
So the other day, I asked my father if the ancestral house is situated anywhere near a beach. I wanted to know if Toks have have been eating much seafood. His reply: "You can see the beach from the house."
Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:46 PM
Be afraid be very afraid. I will never do it.
Here is one though.
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