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Insider Picks: Milan

Delta Sky Magazine August 2011

Brian Atwood says Bernardini has the best luxury vintage in Milan.

Born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, sought-after shoe designer Brian Atwood moved to Milan 14 years ago after completing design school at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He began his career as a model and was an apprentice to Gianni Versace before launching his own shoe line in 2001. He travels to New York City often, but Milan remains the headquarters of his growing brand.

Favorite Street
I love the tree-lined canopy street Via Vincenzo Monti and its classic Italian architecture. It also happens to be where the modeling agency I worked for when I first traveled to Milan was located, so it is a little nostalgic. I also like nearby Spazio 900, which is a great store for furniture shopping, and Toni & Guy—this is their flagship salon—where you can get a fantastic haircut.

Shopping
If you are obsessed with unique accessory cases (such as the Plonge Nappa leather watchcase that always travels with me) or Horn silverware, try G. Lorenzi. They get it right, down to the silver packaging. And Bernardini has the best luxury vintage in Milan. Everything from vintage Hermès to restyled Goyard and Vuitton trunks. You won’t believe the custom handmade boxes.

Explore and Eat
Try Bastianello for the best cappuccino in Milan. I only drink coffee here. Then find the Palazzo Reale, located in a wing of Milan City Hall in the Piazza del Duomo. It’s Milan’s great modern art museum and has some of the best art in Italy, including Boccioni, Balla and Severini. For dinner, try Giacomo Bistrot, one of my favorite restaurants. I can be found dining in the library-inspired nooks at least once a week.

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