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The Pea Coat


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"Ahoi matey!" is most likely one of the most common phrases shouted by the original pea-coat wearing, seafaring men. I'd like to think they look something akin to Popeye, are devout spinach consumers and enjoy the occasional puff on their trusty pipes.

The blue pea coat was and still is the outdoor clothing worn by navy sailors, and although I love spinach, I don't think I'd fare very well on the seven seas - I'm not really the manual labour type. I would like to think I'm pulling off this classic piece by Aspesi quite well in an undeniably classic way with, of course, a strong Sophia-specific dose of modern quirkyness (queue the face shoes and giant candy bag). Yes, I went to the hairdresser this weekend and it took an hour to force my mane to submit to such sleekness.

I am wearing a coat courtesy of Aspesi, an H&M x MMM shirt and bag and Nicholas Kirkwood loafers.

Ciao Milano


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This is part one of my one day and first ever trip to Milan, thanks to Stedentrips, which was spent cramming in as many activities (aside from Fashion Week) into the limited time slot as humanly possible. The city felt like an Italian version of Berlin, warmer but with as much graffiti and a similar, random architectural mix of modern and old buildings. After having ruined the heel caps of my pumps thanks to the gravel in front of Fendi and me frantically running after Miroslava Duma to get a streetstyle snap, Anouk and I went back to the hotel to make the obligatory Fashion Week costume change and then head to Corso Como, a street we had both been dying to visit to check out the shops and the Corso Como Garden Café.

I can't even begin to tell you how utterly amazing the 10 Corso Como concept store is. If those Comme des Garçons coats, the Celine totes lurking in the background or the theatrical lamps haven't caused a fainting spell yet then there is something wrong with you. This is where I stumbled across and subsequently flung myself on the Nicholas Kirkwood black Picasso loafers worn above that I had given up on ever finding. Yes, I put them on immediately after buying them (I have worn them for one week straight). The entire store is more an art gallery featuring an eclectic mix of design, art and fashion. In fact it is intended to emulate a virtual narrative of a magazine layout.

As the hunger pangs set in, we tore ourselves away and went next door to Pizza di Porta Garibaldi to eat a delicious light lunch of bruschetta drizzled with olive oil accompanied by a small carafe of extremely deserved white wine. Afterwards we wanted to pillage, but instead just visited most of the stores on Corso Como. If you are ever in Milan, put Anteprima, an Italian label as well as Boule de Neige on your list in capital letters, a shop that sells a perfectly curated selection of designers including Issey Miyake.

Once we get started, Anouk and I are seriously on a roll. We decided to literally visit every last street to the point that even in flats, my feet were on fire. We of course visited the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuel II, the covered arcade featuring an intricate stained glass ceiling (more of that to come in the next post) that houses upscale shops, an endless sea of people and beautiful cafés. I haven't done such hardcore sightseeing since my honeymoon and I've only just described the first half of the day. More to come soon!

I was wearing a jumper from Pixie Market, trousers by McQ, Nicholas Kirkwood loafers and a Pucci bag. (Thank you Anouk for taking the photos!)

The gems I spoke about are located here:

10 Corso Como: Corso Como, 10, 20154 Milan, Italy

Boule de Neige: Corso Como, 3,  20154 Milan, Italy

Anteprima: Corso Como, 9, 20154 Milan, Italy

Pizza di Porta Garibaldi: Corso Como, 6, 20154 Milan, Italy

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: 20100 Milan (next to the Duomo)