Stories / October 2019

Luca Rubinacci's Stylish Guide to Milan

Luca, poster boy of the great Rubinacci tailoring dynasty, was born in Naples but lives and runs the family atelier in Milan. He gives us the low down on his favourite haunts for a stylish winter weekend in his adopted city.

You're on a business trip or weekend away in Milan and you need a little black book of all the finest, most stylish places to visit, eat at, drink at, and wile the time away chatting noisily and waving your hands in passionate gesticulatory movements as most Italians are wont to do. Who do you ask? You guessed it: Mr Luca Rubinacci. He knows the city's most stylish haunts like the back of his hand so we had creative director Lee Osborne pick his brains...

Where should I head first to get my bearings?

If you want to be seen, a walk along Via Monte Napoleone is a must – it’s our ‘street of fashion’ in Milan and very close to our Rubinacci atelier in Via Gesù. From here I’d walk along Via della Spiga, one of the city’s main shopping streets, towards the artistic quarter of Brera in the Centro Storico – famous for its Pinacoteca art gallery and exquisite fresco-filled Church of Santa Maria del Carmine - all the way to Largo La Foppa. It’s where all the bars and aperitivo hot spots are. My particular favourite is Pandenus (Via Mercato, 24, 20121 Milan-Brera), which also happens to do a fabulous Sunday brunch.

What in your opinion is the best way to discover Milan?

The beauty of Milan is that it’s small enough that you can pretty much walk everywhere, there’s no need to rent a car, you can hop on a tram or use the underground as we have an efficient metro. Or even utilise the bike sharing system. I have an electronic scooter which I use every day to ferry me to and from home to the atelier, which has become a bit of a hit on instagram.

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Lee Osborne

FORMER CONDÉ NAST CREATIVE DIRECTOR LEE, IS A LIFESTYLE Photographer and writer with a penchant for classic menswear which he chronicles on his blog Sartorialee: Dressign the Globe-trotting Man (sartorial.wordpress.com).