This Monday I am musing about my recent trip to Milan. I stay in an area called the Navigli at a little B&B that I have been fortunate to call home when in the city. I attend a trade show to buy shoes for our shop. I know, rough life.
First a brief history of this charming neighborhood. The Navigli (meaning “fleet”, most likely derived from the Latinnavigium, which means “to navigate”) was a canal system originally built for irrigation and to transport goods into the city. In fact the marble used to build the Duomo in the 14th century was transported along the canal system from Candoglia (near the Swiss border) to the city center. Leonardo di Vinci engineered the first lock system using these canals at the end of the 15th century.
Though today, most of this canal system ceases to exist, the Navigli neighborhood has remained intact and is a romantic area to stroll, shop and eat. Artists’ studios, small shops, romantic bars, flea markets, and summer concerts make it a unique contrast to the rest of the city’s larger scale architecture.
I was lucky enough to be there for the last Sunday of the month to witness the antique flea market. It’s a flea market that changes its venues every month, going to different neighborhoods in Milan. Imagine my surprise to walk out in the morning to find the street filled with vendors! These are snapshots I took with my Iphone on my way to and from work during my stay.
Flea Market Stalls
Thank you as always for stopping by our little blog. Have a great week! xo ~ Maggie
Happy first day of September everyone and happy Labor Day to those of you in the USA! With Fall just around the corner, I’m in the mood for the darker colors of black, gray, and aubergine. Hues of ink like shades that will inspire my autumnal color palette. Maybe it’s because I am in the mood for something more serious or maybe I just want the rain to come back?
Maybe it’s because I have been working on our SS15 collection of re-souL shoes, but I have been feeling neutrals and metallics lately for one of my color palettes. I love basic black, gray, buff and white with gold, silver or copper metallics. Clean and simple with just a hint of bling. Color combinations that will compliment most everything for spring and summer wardrobes.
What do you think? Are you feeling them too? Happy Monday and hope you have a great week!
This Monday I am musing about retail. Small retail. Independent retail. I feel the need to spread the word about how essential small business is to the retail culture. Sure, you can buy everything you could ever want with your Amazon Prime account. But really, doesn’t it take all the fun out of the shopping experience when all you have to do to buy something is click a button?
So I am reccommending that you go to your neighborhood corridor and visit those small independents the next time you need some retail therapy. Heck, if you’re travelling, seek out those independent shops! Go to the Ballards, Lower Eastside, and Pearl Districts of the world. Find out where the locals go. You will be inspired and have a fond keepsake of that trip you took to Spain because you bought something special and unique from that funky small shop in Sitges.
So without getting on my soapbox about why we all need to support small retailers, how it would be a much sadder world without them, let me just show you images of some fantastic shops from around the world instead. Ready?