Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, away from the city center, away from the Brera, the Duomo, and the hustle and bustle of a typical downtown corridor lies a magical and wondrous place. Antonio Marras has created a place full of old world charm and whimsy. It is called Nonostante Marras. Translated as “despite Marras”, this shop is where Antonio showcases his RTW clothing line. But the experience is so much more than shopping a typical designer boutique.
Its humble entry leads you to an open courtyard filled with plants and if you wander for a little bit you will see Snow White and the seven dwarfs standing guard. Glance past the old factory windows, and you get excited at the thought to see what lies inside.
“Picture a house without walls, but trees.
Sofas, rugs, pillows, walls full of drawings, paintings and books everywhere. Voices, noises and laughter. A place where one reads, paints, listen’s to music, draws, photographs, writes while rummaging through clothes and drinking coffee.
So close, yet so far away from town. You enter a gate and you walk into someone’ universe. Nonostante Marras, an open space in which to meet, converse and exchange ideas. An exhibition space where people, art, books, clothes and accessories speak the same language….” Antonio Marras
You enter into a large room that has giant chandeliers made of petticoats and bicycle rims hanging from the tall ceilings. The shop has large old windows which let light into its space. A tower of drawers in the center holds books, magazines and newspapers. Vintage suitcases, ceramics, photographs, and accessories can be found and meticulously displayed throughout the boutique. A chaotic yet harmonious accumulation of things that have been abandoned, lost and forgotten come to life in a whimsical way to create a playful and a time worn environment.
I always like to seek and find independent designers and boutiques. I leave inspired and ready to try something new in our own shop. So, if you happen to be in Milan, go visit Nonostante Marras. You will not be disappointed!
via Cola di Rienzo 8
20144 Milano, ITALY
tel +39 0276280991
Open Tues. – Sat. 10-7