Milan Preview: The Scene

Where to eat, stay and shop during the shows.

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Owner Giulia Ranuzzi attended college in Chicago and lived in Paris for several years before setting up shop in Milan and lining her shelves with eco-friendly international merchandise. The French connection is evident — the name is from a sonnet by Arthur Rimbaud — but one might guess the inspiration is Provence rather than the capital, given the breezy decor of small potted plants and framed images of tomatoes and seasonal fruits along the wall.

Jeans from swinging London brand MiH and Ralph Lauren’s Denim & Supply line, Ethiopian calfskin bags with tie-dye patterns and bohemian maxidresses from Kenya are casually displayed on wooden crates and metal racks, while assorted bronze rings and delicate necklaces are shown at the front counter.

Ranuzzi’s own brand, BiBio, features organic cashmere sweaters, scarves and hats, all produced without harming the Hircus goat kids that provide the fleece — each is combed only once — and naturally dyed with ingredients such as onions, licorice and ivy.

A small selection of biodynamic jams from Tuscany and natural after-sun creams are also available. Prices range from 5 euros ($6) for a scented herbal sachet to about 600 euros ($720) for a dress.


— C.M.

Au Cabaret Vert
Via San Maurilio
Tel. +39-02-39-831-200
Open: Monday, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.

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