On Wednesday, Roger Vivier's creative director, Bruno Frisoni, and his muse-ambassador, Ines de la Fressange, will host an exclusive cocktail party to fete the opening of the brand's first Italian flagship. The 2,700-square-foot boutique is housed in an 18th-century palazzo, personally chosen by Diego Della Valle, Vivier's owner. It is spread over three levels with a private salon for receiving international celebrities and other VIPs. Thanks to large windows and an internal crystal elevator, the mood is airy and luminous.
The store mirrors the decor found in Vivier's Parisian flagship, which was inspired by the founding designer's own Quai d'Orsay apartment. Clients will find an elegant and eclectic mix of French antiques, African tribal art and cutting-edge consoles and mirrors by French furniture designer Hervé Van der Straeten. Up next for Vivier: Tokyo.
Roger Vivier, 17 Via Sant'Andrea; +39-02-7602-5614.
Stepping inside Jo Malone's first Italian flagship is like entering the famous English shop on London's Walton Street. The original philosophies, product collections, in-store experience and first-class service are perfectly replicated in the 1,076-square-foot ivory white space in Milan.
The heady selection of 200 fine perfumes and skin care products encourages a hands-on experience for customers. One can choose sweet scents such as Lime Basil & Mandarin, Orange Blossom and Pomegranate Noir, but an exclusive "fragrance-building" service allows shoppers to mix a few ingredients for a custom blend.
A small central oasis is also the strategic stop for a relaxing hand treatment — even without an appointment — to relieve the day's stress.
Jo Malone, 12 Santa Maria alla Porta; +39-02-8050-2719.