La Dolce Vita

The Webster’s Founder and President, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, showed us around Manhattan’s Little Italy, now, she’s heading to bel paese, the beautiful country of Italy. What’s new, what’s hot, and what’s a must-do when you’ve only got 24-hours in Milano? Consider LHD your new Italian connection.

Illustration of Milan, Italy by McKenzie Zalopany.

Mambo Italiano! Where to begin? Shopping! Milan is home to some of the most significant luxury design houses—from established heritage leaders like Miu Miu, Gucci, and Valentino to newcomers to know including Attico, For Restless Sleepers, and Gianvito Rossi—and the natives don’t take the art of shopping lightly. Shopping means small boutiques and large markets too. Brera, Via Vigevano, is one of my favorite neighborhoods for shopping! More recently, a ton of cute shops have popped up all around the city, be sure to wander into Antonia and Banner Boutique to browse some of my favorite ones-to-watch emerging brands. And the market on the Naviglio Grande is a must-see! It’s dotted with lots of vintage and antique stores. Vintage is very important to Milanese women, or so say some of my favorite Italian girlfriends. Some favorite shops include Cavalli e Nastri, Madame Pauline, Vintage Delirium, and resale boutique Bivio. Bring or buy a pair of comfortable shoes, a sturdy billfold, and an extra carry-on—may I suggest Dolce & Gabbana’s Majolica-print Trolley, Gucci’s soft GG carry-on duffle, and Pierre Hardy’s camo backpack—because the next 24-hours are going to be a shopping spree of the highest athletic sort. Ready, set, go!


Fabiola Beracasa, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, Waris Ahluwalia
celebrate the storied Italian fashion house, Dolce & Gabbana.

It may come as no surprise that The Webster’s global offering of designers, consists of quite some Italian-based brands. From established fashion houses such as Marni and Gucci to up-and-comers including Fabrizio Vitti and La Double J, The Webster is dedicated to growing its roster of the best of the best.

 Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, Via Carlo Maria Martini, 1 – 20122 – Milano.

LHD smiles for the street style photographers outside of the Gucci show.
Want to get Laure’s look? Shop the best selection of just in men’s and women’s
Gucci must-haves here! Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

Piazza Risorgimento, 20129 Milan Italy Porta Vittoria

Piazza Risorgimento is the city’s chicest new shopping destination! Located within the historic palazzo, and designed by Roberto Baciocchi, the architect behind Prada’s boutiques, this ultra-cool hot spot (especially on Thursday nights, I hear!) makes shopping feel more like an art form. When you’re there, be sure to snag a hyper-chic souvenir too!

Laure posing for a quick snap between shows. Prints, color blocking, and pleats a la Laure.
Pull off this look with this Chloé pointed collar blouse and Gucci Rhombus print skirt.

 The pasta! A favorite restaurant for dinner is Al Pont de Ferr. Don’t have time
for a European-style sit-down meal? Get a glass of wine at the bar Mag Café.

JJ Martin in Milan wearing her namesake brand La Double J.
Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images.

Located in the heart of the city, in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II—which also happens to be one of the oldest shopping malls in the world!—houses Prada’s third impeccably art directed, mint-green cafe Pasticceria Marchesi. It’s the perfect spot to down a doppio and pastry while shopping the men’s boutique.

10 Corso Como, Corso Como, 10 20154 Milano, +39 02 29002 674 .

I love supporting my fellow luxury multi-brand boutiques any way that I can. This trip, I’m making a shopping visit for some specialty 10 Corso Como gifts to bring back home to my son, Marcel. He’s going to love their namesake chocolates and their Love3 CD mixtape!

Ciao for now!