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WWD London Preview issue 09/09/2008

 

LITTLE ITALY

To ring the changes in a week filled with British designers’ collections, one London boutique is offering a glimpse of style à la dolce vita. Two Italian sisters, Valentina and Silvia Cangiano, have opened Milletre on Kensington’s tony Victoria Square to showcase clothing, accessories and beauty products that are made in Italy. The 900-square-foot space carries ready-to-wear labels like Sophia Kokosalaki and Missoni and footwear and accessories by designers including Michael Teperson, Francesca Mambrini and Amila.

“During the Eighties, if something was made in Italy, it made you want to have it,” said Valentina Cangiano. “This isn’t a relaunch of that, but a platform for new designers whose collections are made in Italy. We’re continually in search of new labels.”

Cangiano said she wanted to create a lounge atmosphere for the boutique, whose walls are lined with vintage Italian Vogue covers, so a DJ will spin a sound track ranging from Italian jazz to R&B throughout the day. Meanwhile, waiters will serve canapés and Champagne, courtesy of Locanda Otto e Mezzo, a nearby restaurant whose owners are partners with the Cangiano sisters in the business. “We want it to feel like your living room, with a relaxed atmosphere and the best personal service,” said Cangiano. The boutique — which takes its name, meaning 1,003, from the number of women whom Don Giovanni is said to have seduced — also carries denim and accessories for men.

Milletre, 15 Victoria Grove, W8 5RW; +44-207-584-1588

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