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#07 ITALY

DISCOVER FASHION DESIGNER MASSIMO ALBA’S ITALY IN THE SEVENTH EDITION OF THE WALLPAPER* AND TUDOR WATCHES STYLE FILE SERIES

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Riccardo Bagnoli

On the seventh stop in our Tudor Style File world tour, we get a lesson in sprezzatura style, while the country’s cashmere king leads us to a semi-derelict coastal place and a chic island retreat.

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Andy Barter

DESIGNER MASSIMO ALBA’S BEST ADDRESSES

Alba directs us to his favourite leisure time in Italy, from picking up the most perfect panettone in Milan to indulging in lazy lunches on a wild fennel-scented island.

Pasticceria Marchesi, Milan

20 MIN

This historic pasticceria and bar provides the best brioche and cappuccino in town. Don’t leave without trying the old-fashioned chocolate and custard cream cakes. If it’s winter, be sure to order a signature Marchesi panettone well in advance of Christmas.

11a Via Santa Maria alla Porta, Milan

www.pasticceriamarchesi.it

Foglie, Fiori E Fantasia, Milan

30 MIN

Alba’s favourite florist conjures up the most imaginative floral creations in the city.

15 Via Brisa, Milan

Libraccio, Milan

30 MIN

Located on the same street as the Massimo Alba showroom is a second hand bookshop Alba frequently visits for inspiration.

www.libraccio.it

Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan

1 HR

With an hour to spare, pop into Alba’s favourite contemporary art gallery in central Milan. Galleria Suzy Shammah is currently showing an exhibition by photographer Walter Niedermayr (until 19 May), featuring a new series of works on alpine landscape, investigating the relationship between landscape and architecture.

www.suzyshammah.com

Palazzo Donn’Anna, Naples

2 HRS

Alba’s favourite building is this hauntingly beautiful, semi-derelict palace on the Posillipo coast near Naples. “It’s an unfinished and legendary baroque folly full of magical stories,” he says. Sadly, it’s not open to the public.

Orto Botanico di Brera, Milan

AFTERNOON

Originally built as a physic garden to serve students of medicine and pharmacology, Brera’s botanical garden features beautifully ordered flower beds, 18th century elliptical ponds, greenhouses lush with blooming exotica, and one of the oldest ginkgo biloba trees in Europe.

Via Brera 28, Milan

www.brera.unimi.it

Fioraio Bianchi Caffè, Milan

EVENING

This florist-come-café provides an intimate botanical atmosphere for Alba’s evening glass of wine with friends.

www.fioraiobianchicaffe.it

Hotel Casa Celestino, Ischia

WEEKEND

During the summer, Alba likes to take his family to the chic but unpretentious Casa Celestino hotel in Sant’Angelo on the volcanic, wild fennel-scented island of Ischia. Lunch is a long and lazy beach affair at local hop spot Nicola alle Fumarole.

Via Chiaia di Rose 20, Sant’Angelo

www.casacelestino.it

DESIGNER MASSIMO ALBA IS PROUD OF HIS COUNTRY’S STYLE HERITAGE

‘Made in Italy’ is a notion that is dear to Massimo Alba’s heart. ‘I’m revising the concept and its core values,’ the knitwear designer says proudly. ‘The roots of Italian style are in the films of Rossellini, De Sica and Antonioni. Bodies and textures are always soft; everything is smooth, never stiff. The colours of the Renaissance landscape and baroque interiors are deep in our memories, from architecture and fashion. We rely on a rich heritage which is so pervasive, but also gives us a sense of distance, and a sense of humour; what Renaissance author Baldassarre Castiglione described as “sprezzatura”. That is to say, a certain nonchalance, the subtle skill of making whatever one does or says or wears appear to be effortlessly stylish.’

There’s more than a whiff of insouciant sprezzatura in Massimo Alba’s clothing. Born in Treviso, home to the headquarters of clothing giant Benetton, the 47-year-old has been rooted in the rag trade for most of his life. He has been creative director for the likes of Malo, Agnona, Piombo and Ballantyne (the heritage knitwear brand he acquired in 2004), and his eponymous label was launched in 2007. Alba now has a stand-alone store in Milan’s Brera district.

‘I design starting from the raw material, translating graphic patterns from old textile archives, mostly British and French,’ he says. ’My research focuses on natural elements: colours and textures. All fibres are left natural and never pressed. My cashmere is chemical-free, dyed in natural pigments, exclusive colours. I prefer an informal attitude.

‘Italian style really hasn’t changed that much,’ he surmises. ‘It’s always recognisable – the same relaxed, elegant gestures with an inner sense of beauty.’

A TRIBUTE TO THE SEA

The TUDOR Pelagos is a tribute to the sea, to those who are active in it and those who conserve it. Reliable, technically outstanding and a superlative sports model, the Pelagos marks another step forward in the illustrious history that binds TUDOR to the ocean depths.

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#08 SWITZERLAND

DISCOVER ARCHITECTS BÉNÉDICTE MONTANT AND CARMELO STENDARDO’S SWITZERLAND IN THE EIGHTH EDITION OF WALLPAPER* AND TUDOR WATCHES STYLE FILE SERIES

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Daniel Stier

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#09 JAPAN

DISCOVER HAT MAKER GRIS UCHIYAMA’S JAPAN IN THE NINTH EDITION OF WALLPAPER* AND TUDOR WATCHES STYLE FILE SERIES

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Takashi Osato

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#10 USA

DISCOVER GALLERISTS STEVE PULIMOOD AND PAYAL PAREKH’S USA IN THE TENTH EDITION OF THE WALLPAPER* AND TUDOR WATCHES STYLE FILE SERIES

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Jeremy Liebman

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#11 HUNGARY

DISCOVER FASHION DESIGNER LUU ANH TUAN’S HUNGARY IN THE ELEVENTH EDITION OF THE WALLPAPER* AND TUDOR WATCHES STYLE FILE SERIES

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Carol Sachs

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#12 UK

DISCOVER FASHION DESIGNER CHARLIE CASELY-HAYFORD’S UK IN THE TWELFTH EDITION OF THE WALLPAPER* AND TUDOR WATCHES STYLE FILE SERIES

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Leon Chew

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THE WALLPAPER* AND TUDOR WATCHES STYLE FILE SERIES

Explore the Tudor and Wallpaper* Magazine Style File Series on iPad®, a world tour showcasing local talent and the smart places to visit.

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#01 FRANCE

Even seasoned travellers welcome the insight of the right sort of local, a gently guiding hand in new territories or a fresh take on the familiar. With this in mind, we’ve put together a series of Style Files, country-specific, cliché-dodging dossiers and in-the-field notes for the contemporary explorer who really knows where they are going.

Discover designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s France in the first edition of the Wallpaper* and Tudor watches Style File series

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Andy Barter

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#02 AUSTRALIA

Discover Architects Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth’s Australia in the second edition of the Wallpaper* and Tudor watches Style File series

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Jordan Graham

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#03 CHINA

Discover Fashion designer Masha Ma’s China in the third edition of the Wallpaper* and Tudor watches Style File series

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Alexandre Guirkinger

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#04 BRAZIL

Discover architect Juan Pablo Rosenberg’s Brazil in the fourth edition of the Wallpaper* and Tudor watches Style File series

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Vava Ribeiro

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#05 SWEDEN

DISCOVER DESIGNER SUSANNA WÅHLIN’S SWEDEN IN THE FIFTH EDITION OF THE WALLPAPER* AND TUDOR WATCHES STYLE FILE SERIES

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Elisabeth Toll

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#06 GERMANY

DISCOVER PERFUMER GEZA SCHOEN’S GERMANY IN THE SIXTH EDITION OF THE WALLPAPER* AND TUDOR WATCHES STYLE FILE SERIES

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Noshe