MILAN–Alive with Savile Row accents like kaleidoscope-colored cuff links and Made in Italy ones like sexy Super Duper handmade hats, Artisanal Milano is a haven for women who love men’s sartorial style, as much as it is a haven for male bespoke aficionados who flock there for hand-made oxfords and monk straps crafted in Emilia Romagna.
The store’s owner, Lidia Pellecchia spent five years at Berluti in Paris in their bespoke deparment. And as a native Neapolitan, fine tailoring is basically ingrained in her DNA and her own sartorial style. With her youthful energy, Italian charm and innovative fashion ideas, like her latest creation, the “Lillu,” a women’s loafer with exaggerated tassels, her store is garnering media attention for her its impact on female style.
“A women’s tie should be shorter than a man’s and both points should arrive at the belt. If you use a pocket square, it should be tucked in, in a nonchalant fashion, like this,” Pellecchia explained, as she demonstrated how a woman can perfect the female “sartorial” look with the Neapolitan, hand-made silk handkerchiefs and ties she sells in her store.
BACO’s Editor-in-Chief Sofia Celeste caught up with Lidia Pellecchia in her Via Santa Marta store and discusses her tomboy look:
Personal Style: “I have a huge closet full of historic pieces like my mother’s old blazers and purses. I love anything retro. In fact, I love the 1970s era, especially 78, when icons like David Bowie and Bryan Ferry were making waves with their beautiful style, their own sense of masculinity. In general, I am not a person that is tied to trends. I don’t know anything about trends. Too many rules are just not for me.”
The Look: Made-to-order Blaze’ off-white blazer with antique keepsake rings, Valentino pants and Neapolitan pocket square, denim shirt with MSGM brocade pants and artisanal “Lillu'” tassel loafers.
Never: Follow trends
WHERE TO BUY: http://artisanalmilano.com
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: Blaze': A Blazer Revolution, CB Made in Italy’s Cecilia Bringheli, RACIL: Smoking the French Way, BACO STYLE: Lidia Pellecchia’s Sartorial Style , Female Sartorial Style: From the Atelier to the Runway , Puglia’s Tagliatore: Amping Up Women’s Wear