PITTI UOMO 94: Matteo Bozzalla of Valstar
When did Valstar first start to show at Pitti?
We have always attended. Pitti is the leading international fashion fair. In just the 4 days we receive invaluable feedback and ideas from all of our worldwide partners, it is a great opportunity for us and generally you find the more sophisticated and up-to-date partners attend. Consequently the added value is even greater. Last but not least, we always meet new clients from all over the world here.
Can you tell us three unique points of your products?
Legacy, that is having a name that allows you the freedom to go further. We have been constantly improving our outerwear for more than a hundred years.
Made in Italy, of course. Italian artisans can guarantee the high quality that has always distinguished Valstar from the rest.
Finally, the Valstar Team; The secret of Valstar are the people behind it, they are the most valuable resource we have. There is nothing worthwhile that you can do only by yourself.
What is your favourite item in your collection?
My favorite item is still our iconic Valstarino. This style is so versatile that you can easily wear it in a smart way, both in spring and in fall. You can easily wear it in a sporty casual way, for example over the weekend, but also during more business days/events.
For the SS19 collection we are presenting new beautiful suede pastel colors, just perfect to liven the spring summer season in a cheerful way.
Where are your three favourite place in Milan?
Navigli, they are the waterways of Milano dating back in the XII century. Today it is one of the most fascinating and vital districts of Milan thanks to its bars, restaurants, art galleries and to the many events organized in the characteristic pedestrian streets. It is worth visiting il Vicolo dei Lavandai which has been perfectly restored and keeps its ancient charm intact.
Villa Necchi Campiglio, an icon of 30s deco in the heart if Milan. A villa surrounded by a peaceful garden in the heart of the Lombard capital, housing sensational works of art, where you can still immerse yourself in the glamorous world of Milan’s interwar years. Secluded in the heart of an elegant, peaceful part of central Milan, Villa Necchi Campiglio was designed in the early 1930s by the architect Piero Portaluppi with beautiful deco furnishings. The building, nestling in an enchanted garden complete with tennis court and swimming pool. The villa there is also a stylish bistro concealed within the grounds open to all.
Museum Gallerie d’Italia in piazza Scala. The Galleries are housed in a unique architectural complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens in the heart of Milan. Symbols themselves of the history of the city, these palaces were designed by the most important Italian architects between the late eighteenth and early twentieth century. Inside there are two mains options: The 19th century collections with masterpieces of Canova, Segantini, Signorini and Delleani and The twentieth century Cantiere del '900 with works by Boccioni, Carrà, de Chirico and Sironi.
Describe your perfect day in Milan..
Breakfast and caffè espresso at Pasticceria Marchesi. A walk in the relaxing Parco Sempione and a tour at La Triennale. Visit The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Lunch in the Navigli area in the inner garden at Maison Borella. Walking around Brera district to find inspiration. Appetizer at Fioraio Bianchi Caffè. And finally dinner at Carlo e Camilla in Segheria (it used to be an ancient sawmill).
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