Not tired from the Used Book Fair on Friday, I decided to head to another Fair on Saturday! My friend was coming for a weekend holiday in Milan, so I decided- instead of visiting the city center boutiques, it was time for us to go on a good stroll at the Handicraft Fair in Milan.
She knows I’m a very… alternative shopper, so she curiously accepted the invitation! Many of my friends and colleagues went to this Fair during the week and all of them shared excellent reviews in the office the day later! For many of them this annual event is THE event of the year and all this excitement about it made me very curious.
You know that I’m all about handcrafts and that I support small business, so I couldn’t miss it!
The event is really big… and when I say really big I really mean that it is quite impossible to visit everything in a day… the influx of people was enormous and at some point it was quite impossible to walk within the crowd! The Fair was organized in a few big pavilions: for Italy, for Europe and for the rest of the World. No need to tell you from where we started, right?!
India, Africa and China are always my favorite areas, so I took advantage of the presence of so many stallers from those countries to make a good provision of teas (Artichoke tea from Vietnam, and Ginger, Chai and Coconut tea from Sri Lanka), spices (when I found the Colombo, my eyes went heart-shaped!) and tiger balm!
It was also a great occasion to buy handcrafted objects and to make a good conversation with these stallers from all over the world… I got some African bangles, African and Chinese sticks for my rebellious hair and this lovely Chinese tea-set.
We didn’t visit Europe at all, and as for the Italy we only headed to the New Designers’ area- which was very interesting (and there we spent a bit too much money as well!). The Italian area was almost all about food (probably what we do best!) and my native land (Sicily) had a great space with my favorite smells and tastes!
A small yet very interesting area was dedicated to young artists and designers… It may have been one of the more interesting area of the whole fair. I love those unique creations made by amazing young artists: every piece is the fruit of their creativity and by buying them, you not only support creativity. but you also allow small business create a successful path.
I was very impressed by Opella (www.opellamilano.com) who sells beautiful handmade jewels mostly made with steel and Murano glass and I bought a lovely hat pin from her (actually it was a pin that I’m going to wear as a hat pin!).
Another artist that I really liked was Pippy the Milliner (www.pippithemilliner.com): her beautiful handmade sartorial hats and fascinators made me shiver! Verena, the staller, told me that most of them were made by her mum, a wonderful fashion milliner with a gorgeous sense of retro style. Honestly, I would have bought at least four of the hats and fascinators exposed, but I ended up buying what KNAGUI calls the “Noah’s Arc Agenda” … “only two!”
This lovely navy 1920s inspired felt cloche and this gorgeous black hat that made me fall in love at the very instant it touched my head! I can definitely say that this is the most beautiful hat that I own so far!