Twice a year, I set off on the road in search of things that both inspire and enrich my creative senses. I’ve always been of the belief system that travel is a multi-dimensional encounter, layered with sights, sounds, tastes, textures, colours, and people. When it comes to my own medium of print design, I look to encompass it all and bring my prints to life in silhouettes that are synonymous with the region I am researching.
For our Amore Mio collection, I delved into the birthplace of luxury fashion to unravel the history! the passion! the drama! and everything else the Italians have so beautifully (and quite literally) woven into their history. From high voltage luxury boutiques, to emerging small brands that line the quiet back streets, the intergenerational tailors and dressmakers seamlessly creating masterpieces, and the lively vintage markets hosting pieces from yesteryear.
I’ve compiled my tried-and-true black book of places I revisit time and time again to inspire my collections and often inspire another wardrobe to be built somewhere in my house. Like everything, the Italians do it best – so spend wildly and somewhat wisely.
For vintage, head over to the charming Brera and Via della Moscova districts, which are home to the city’s best vintage boutiques offering pieces from every era. I also love Circolo Filologico, a vintage market that holds pop-ups across the city. And for a Sunday stroll, head to East Market to uncover a warehouse housing vintage clothing, jewellery and artworks. Remember to take cash for the markets along with a charming smile and playful attitude for bargaining.
The Haute Haven of the world, Milan offers every colour of the fashion rainbow. High-end and independent boutiques, vintage stores, and flea markets – there is always a special kind of something waiting to be uncovered for those who seek their own Italian magic.
DISCOVER THE COLLECTION
Porta Portese Flea Market and Mercato di Borghetto Flaminio are bustling treasure troves in Rome beckoning you to embark on a Sunday morning expedition like no other. Both markets spring to life with a vibrant tapestry of offerings that’ll leave your arms (and soul) full. My hack is to buy a Nonna-style wheelie bag from a tourist shop so you can load up on finds without the cost to your stamina (you'll need it!)
SHOP THE PRINTS
SHOP THE CAMILLA FRANKS EDIT
SHOP NEW ARRIVALS
I could visit these spots time and time again, and still find my new favourite piece. After years of flea markets and vintage fairs, I know one thing to be true: Italian clothing is inextricably tied to pride, love and longevity. I hope these places fill your heart (and wardrobe) for many years to come.