The Ladybug’s Vintage and Handmade guide of Cagliari

I must confess that when I went to Cagliari to spend a couple of days with a friend who moved from Milan a few months before, I was surprised by the quality of vintage and handmade that I found in town. The city is very different from when I visited last time years ago: vibrant, joyful, modern and traditional at the same time, colored, full of life and warm as usual! I really enjoyed my stay and I spent two half days hanging around looking for the best vintage/handmade shops in town.

But let’s start from the vintage shops:

  • First stop was Recyclerie Vintage: I virtually met Alice and Fabrizio on Instagram a year before and unfortunately they were on holiday when I was in town but Caterina was there to guide me in the first vintage shop of Cagliari where I immediately fell in love for the attention of the research that covered different styles. Classic vintage and amazing accessories (including jewelry vintage and new) on the basement, vintage streetwear with a high quality selection of vintage denim and clothes for women and men on the first floor, a tattoo studio on the second floor. This shop is a must-visit for any vintage lover and if you are around you cannot miss it! I also got a few pieces there: the vintage military green floral dress that you see in one picture, a pair of vintage soft brown leather shorts and a ring from El Rana. Prices are fair and they are really adorable (you can find them in the main street of Cagliari, in the city center).
  • Second stop was Urban Pep, founded by the lovely Vanessa who I also met online last year. Vanessa really impressed me for the loveliness and kindness but also for bringing me around to discover some pieces of her city. But she also guided me through her shop, a perfect match of vintage handmade where she mixes her two passions: vintage and Thailand. Vanessa has Thai origins and she travels her other country looking for handcrafters who create beautiful pieces with a retro twist. Urban Pep is also full of interesting collaborations with local artists and associations such as La Fille Bertha (incredible Sardinian artist – I bought one of her pieces for my new house!) and La Matrioska a creative and social textile lab (I also bought one of their handmade tees!). Vanessa is a volcano of ideas and her shop really expresses her eclecticism. Not far from Recyclerie Vintage in the main street, make sure that you visit her shop and you meet her in person!
  • Third stop was La Bottega delle Meraviglie, but I was so pissed because it was closed and I couldn’t manage to contact the owner. From her Instagram page I realized that it was the kind of shop that I would have loved but maybe I will be able to visit it next time! It is in the tiny streets of the city center, definitely worth a visit.
  • Not a shop but a vintage and antiques market that I found “by mistake” on a Sunday Morning, is the Antiques Market of Piazza del Carmine, a small but super interesting market where I found a lot of interesting pieces (especially jewelry…I left with three fantastic brooches!): mandatory stop, you will love it I promise!

Just want to share some more interesting shops that are definitely worth a visit if you love ethical, handmade and traditional shops:

  • Recyclerie has another shop in the city center (actually it was the first shop before the vintage one was born), totally dedicated to handmade pieces (homeware, accessories, jewelry etc.) coming mostly from Sardinian artists and handcrafters
  • Eticando is a lovely boutique in the center of Cagliari that only sells ethically made clothes for women and children; not the usual ethical shop, that’s why I liked it
  • The AB Gallery is a place where I could have bought almost everything for my house: pillows, blankets, carpets, decorations etc. Everything is handmade from Sardinian artisans keeping alive the rich textile tradition of the region. A true beauty.

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The Ladybug Chronicles: come arredare la casa in stile vintage su Vintag!

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IT: Vivo a Milano da quasi sei anni, in un appartamento che ho amato sin dal primo istante e che sento sempre più mio, nonostante non lo sia. E’ normale che con il tempo ci si crei uno spazio che ci somigli il più possibile e, pezzo dopo pezzo, sta prendendo uno stile tra il vintage e l’etnico per cui è sempre più evidente che sia casa mia!

Mi piace sempre molto scovare nuovi pezzi durante i miei viaggi o nei mercatini vintage da portare con me per posizionarli strategicamente in casa in modo che possano portarmi alla mente un ricordo felice del passato. Questa continua decorazione del mio appartamento in pratica non finisce mai e da quando ho scoperto la sezione Antiquariato e Modernariato sull’app Vintag tende ad essere particolarmente intensa!

Mi piace lo stile moderno ma i pezzi di arredamento vintage non possono mancare, anzi nella mia casa ideale (che immagino molto più grande di quella che ho adesso!) ce ne sono almeno dieci che reputo assolutamente imprescindibili! Che si tratti di mobili o oggetti decorativi vi presento i miei top ten e vi dico anche da quali venditori trovarli su Vintag!

1.       Il separé vintage in stile orientale: sarà che mi ricorda tanto la casa della nonna dove ce n’era uno molto simile nella sua camera da letto per togliersi i vestiti e infilarsi pudicamente la camicia da notte prima di andare a dormire, ma il separé è in cima alla mia lista dei desideri. Quando poi ho visto quello anni 70 venduto da roaaaar su Vintag, praticamente identico a quello della nonna me ne sono innamorata perdutamente! Purtroppo quello della nonna si è rovinato con il tempo e non siamo riusciti a “salvarlo” ma trovarne uno uguale è stata comunque una forte emozione!

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2.       La sedia etnica: sebbene sogni una di quelle meravigliose sedie in legno basse del Mali che tanto ho visto nei mercatini di Dakar la scorsa estate, su Vintag ho trovato un pezzo bellissimo che voglio condividere con voi: si tratta di questa fantastica sedia bassa indiana in vendita da ManuLove per cui ho perso la testa qualche settimana fa quando l’ho vista apparire nelle mie ricerche…non è stupenda?

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3.       La macchina da cucire: un altro pezzo che mi ricorda la nonna! Quando vedo macchine da cucire vintage, soprattutto le classiche Singer, io perdo totalmente la testa anche se non so minimamente usarle! Stavolta quella della nonna è ancora in casa dei miei, in attesa che io abbia abbastanza spazio per poterla mettere in quella mia grande casa ideale! Su Vintag mi sono innamorata di questa classica di Anastasia, quindi che siate sarte o meno, questo pezzo è top (e anche il prezzo!)

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4.       Il telefono vintage: niente, passione totale per questo Bobo Telcer rosso venduto da Bogys50s, un must-have! E poi siamo sinceri, chi di noi non ha nel cuore il telefono fisso di casa degli anni 80 di quando eravamo bambini?

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5.       Lo specchio: specchio, specchio delle mie brame…ogni donna ha un rapporto speciale con il proprio specchio, per questo deve essere perfetto e deve rispondere perfettamente alle nostre esigenze. Insomma per noi è uno dei pezzi più difficili da acquistare, se non ci rimanda l’immagine che vogliamo vedere riflessa non fa per noi! Quando ho visto questo celeste, francese, dei primi del 900 venduto da ohmylab ho desiderato specchiarmici con tutta me stessa…colpo di fulmine!

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6.       La toletta: dal celeste al rosa, un tocco di toni pastello in casa (senza esagerare) mi piace sempre tanto e questa tolettina vintage di Hallofvintage mi ha fatto proprio innamorare: i toni del rosa e del ciclamino, il pomello fiorato, mi hanno ricordato immagini della mia infanzia a cui non ho saputo resistere!

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7.       La cappelliera: un pezzo indispensabile, perché oltre a conservare i nostri bellissimi cappelli vintage è un pezzo d’arredamento fantastico e bellissimo da vedere! Io ne ho due, recuperate in due diversi mercatini vintage (uno a Milano, l’altro in America…vi evito i drammi del riportarmelo a casa!), uno in pelle e uno in cartone. Su Vintag mi è piaciuta molto questa versione in pelle marrone di Luisavintage con questa bellissima chiusura a effetto…una meraviglia!

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8.       La valigia/baule: anche questo un pezzo che non può mancare perché super comodo per “archiviare” coperte, cuscini e tutto ciò che vogliamo togliere dagli armadi e super bello da vedere! Poi quelli di L’ho_Sgabello sono MERAVIGLIOSI tanto che tra i due non sono stata in grado di scegliere quale mi piacesse di più! Un’idea che mi piace molto è quella di immaginarli come contenitori per le piante grandi da appartamento, credo di averli visti da qualche parte durante i miei viaggi e questa cosa mi è rimasta sempre in mente come un’idea super carina!

9.       La fonovaligia: un salto nel passato che è anche un must per gli amanti del vinile. Pezzo d’arredamento e giradischi allo stesso tempo, dal sapore vintage come pochi altri oggetti, questa di MusicManiac mi ha fatto venire una tenerezza e una malinconia delle fonovaligie che non sapevo nemmeno di avere.

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10.   Latta che passione! Scatole, scatoline, portaoggetti, temperamatite, bicchieri…Vintag è pieno di oggetti in latta che scatenano tutti i nostri ricordi del passato: dai biscotti Plasmon a quelli Saiwa, dal Borotalco a marchi ormai dimenticati o spariti, riempire la casa di oggetti in latta è doveroso!

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Fuori dalla mia top ten ma troppo bello per non essere citato per chi può permettersi lo spazio necessario: questo bellissimo set di tavolo e sedie color menta di L’ho_Sgabello è a mio avviso una delle cose più belle che ci sia su Vintag al momento, quindi non potevo non segnalarvelo!

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EN: I have been living in Milan for six years now, in a flat that I loved at first sight and that I feel more and more as “mine” even if it’s not. It is normal that with the time that place we live in looks like us and, piece after piece, it has now a style in the middle between vintage and ethnic so that it is clear that it is the place where I live!

I love finding new pieces during my travels or in the vintage markets that I visit; I bring them with me and I place them strategically at home so that when I see them they recall me a happy moment of the past. This decoration of my flat is never ending and since I discovered the Antiques section of the Vintag app is definitely intensifying!

I generally prefer the modern style but vintage homeware is a must: in my dream house (that I imagine bigger than mine!)  there are at least ten pieces that I consider essential! They can be furniture or decorative objects, here is my top ten and where to find them on Vintag

1.       The vintage screen, oriental style: it’s maybe because it reminds me of my granny’s house (she had a very similar one to hide while taking off her clothes and put her nightgown on) but the vintage screen is on top of my list! Since I saw the 70s one sold by roaaaar on Vintag, exactly the same of my granny’s, I madly fell in love with it! Unfortunately my granny’s one got too used and we couldn’t “save” it but I almost fainted when I saw one exactly like hers!

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2.       The ethnic chair: although I dream of one of these amazing Malian chairs that I saw in many markets in Dakar last summer, I found on Vintag a beautiful piece that I want to share with you: a wonderful Indian chair sold by ManuLove for which I completely lost my mind a few weeks ago when I saw it in my search page…isn’t it amazing?

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3.       The sewing machine: another piece that reminds me of my granny! When I see vintage sewing machines, especially the classic model from Singer, I completely lose my mind even if I don’t even know how to use them! This time my granny’s one is still in my parents’ house, waiting that one day I’ll have enough space to place it in my dream house! On Vintag I fell in love with this classic piece from Anastasia, then if you are a sewer or not, this piece is top (and the price too!)

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4.       The vintage phone: total love for this red Bobo Telcer sold by Bogys50s, a real must-have! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t have in his/her heart the fixed phone that we had at home in the 80s when we were kids?

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5.       The mirror: mirror, mirror…every woman has a special relationship with her mirror, this is why it must be perfect and it must fulfill exactly our expectations. For us it is one of the hardest pieces to buy if it doesn’t reflect the image of us that we want to see. When I saw this one, pale blue, French, from the beginning of the 20th century sold by ohmylab I wished I could look at myself in that mirror…love at first sight!

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6.       The vanity table: from pale blue to pale pink, I always like a touch of pastel colors in my house (not too much though) and this small vintage vanity table from Hallofvintage made me fall in love: I love the pink and lilac tones, the flowery knob, they just reminded me the colors of my childhood and I couldn’t resist!

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7.       The hatbox: an essential piece not only because we can easily put there our beautiful vintage hats but also because it is an amazing decoration object! I have two, I bought them in two different vintage markets (one in Milan, the other one in the States…don’t ask me how I did to bring it home!), a leather one and a paper one. On Vintag I really loved this brown leather one from Luisavintage with this beautiful fastening…wonderful!

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8.       The suitcase/trunk: this is another essential piece because it helps us “archiving” blankets, pillows, and all these things that take so much space in our wardrobe and it is so beautiful to see! Those from L’ho_Sgabello are AMAZING at the point that I couldn’t choose between these two which one I loved most. I also imagine them as huge containers for our big plants in the house, I think I saw something similar during one of my trips and I still keep it as a lovely idea to re-create!

9.       The portable record player: A jump in the past but also a must-have for vinyl lovers. Decoration piece and record player at the same time, few objects have the same vintage flavor! This one from MusicManiac made me feel so nostalgic!

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10.   Tin passion: cans, boxes, pencil sharpeners…Vintag is full of tin objects that unchain our best memories from the past: from Plasmon biscuits to Saiwa ones, from Borotalco to other disappeared or forgotten labels. Filling the house with tin objects is mandatory!

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There is another piece that I left out of my top ten list just because it requires some space, but I had to recommend it anyway because it was too good to leave it unmentioned. I am talking about this wonderful mint table and chairs set from L’ho_Sgabello that is – in my opinion – one of the most beautiful homeware pieces that you can find on Vintag right now!

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The Ladybug Takes a Sunday Off at the Navigli Antiques Market

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If you live in Milan and you love vintage, the place to be every last Sunday of the month is the Antiques Market all along the Navigli. I talked about this place before and every time I get a chance- I head there for a lovely walk among the vintage and antiques stalls and shops for some great shopping… and why not?!

I have to say that due to busy weekends and traveling around, I can barely remember the last time that I was there. So when I was invited by my friend Ilaria (the incredible talent behind Madame Ilary designs) to Sunday brunch and a walk about the market, I accepted immediately!

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It was a great day! We were celebrating her turbans being sold by the adorable Ms. Laura from Italian Vintage Suite, and we took some pictures with our favorite pieces before walking around for some great shopping and some vintage street style (I love photographing Ilaria in her vintage pieces)!

Ilaria bought some great vintage buttons for her creations. As for me, I finally decided to gift myself some Marion Godart resin jewels, which I dreamed of for a long time, from Lorena Taddei’s beautiful stall!

I wore Max&Co black coat and messenger bag, vintage denim shorts, Tosca blu ankle boots, La Maison Momoni tartan scarf and my new palm brooch from Marion Godart!

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The Ladybug’s Vintage Vacation: From Russia with Love – Day #3, Saint Petersburg

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My third and last day in Saint Petersburg was absolutely interesting and included one of the craziest, funniest experiences of my life.

I had been told by some Russian friends, and I also read on my guide, that if you were a vintage and antiques lover- you can not miss the Udelnaya market, the most famous and the oldest Saint Petersburg markets!

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I the decided to brave the snow and the cold weather and head to the Petrograd area to see what it was all about: the first sensation that I had was the sometimes uncomfortable feeling of being the only stranger in a place. It was almost impossible to speak to anyone (as nobody spoke in English), but people were very nice and tried to help even if in their language! The first part of the market is like other markets in the world: some second hand, a lot of cheap clothes and shoes (the most interesting to watch were often the funny people selling stuff!). But after the first rows of stalls a new world opened upon my eyes: an immense area of stalls full of antiques pre-revolution, soviet memorabilia, bric-à-brac, second world war pieces and every kind of lost treasure. Sometimes the stalls were just on the ground, where people brought what they found in their trunks or their attics.

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I must say that if the weather were better, I would have spent many hours there because it was really worth the traverse! I loved the small soviet army pins. And since, on my last trip to Warsaw, I started collecting to put pieces on a soviet cap I bought in Poland, I picked a few up.  There were also some vintage stalls, but I couldn’t buy anything as they were kinda pricey… only because I was a tourist and I couldn’t negotiate! Also I loved the leather camera holders from  the ’50s, but again- it was really too cold to try my hand at Russian negotiations! I only took a few pictures because my hands were frozen!

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The only thing that I bought is the lovely animal print Russian faux-fur hat (in the first picture) which I had to use there before offering it as a present when I got back!

This was another amazing, unforgettable experience (like the ballet of the day before), and a beautiful cherry on top of the sundae I call Saint Pete.  Now, let’s catch a flight a little later tonight for more crazy adventures in Moscow! …Stay tuned!

The Ladybug Finds Parking in NYC: Visiting the Antiques and Vintage Flea-Market in Chelsea!

If you are visiting New York and you want to spend a perfect Saturday morning in town, take this as some of the best advice from The Ladybug!

I was very excited about my first Saturday in New York because I read a lot of stuff about The Antiques Garage Market in Chelsea which takes place every week on Saturday and Sunday from 6.30 am to 5 pm. So, after fueling up on a very American breakfast in Chelsea (eggs, bacon and pancakes with maple syrup!) I headed toward the market located at 112 West 25th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Excited enough, I missed the arrow pointing towards it and I found myself in the middle of the very eclectic Chelsea Flea Market… This is an outdoor market, in the middle of the street, where you can find a bit of everything: food (from everywhere in the world and honestly one of the best red velvet cakes I’ve ever tasted!), music (at great prices!), posters and every kind of cheap gadget you can think of! But this couldn’t be what I was looking for so I decided to ask around and some very nice stallers pointed me to where I wanted to go!

When I finally found it, I understood why it is called the “Garage Market”… …it’s literally a real, two floor parking garage with about 100 stallers. The atmosphere reminded me of the traditional French “marchés aux puces.”  Indeed, this market is still considered the most authentic antiques market in New York.  I had the chance to talk with some of the stallers and I realized many of them are real “antiques and vintage icons” in New York and they have been selling there since it started in 1994!

This is a kind of vintage paradise because you can really find everything vintage and antique: from collectibles to clothing, from accessories to jewellery, from furniture to posters, from paintings to books- they leave no stone unturned.

It’s the perfect place to look for real treasures! And it is funny to see people just popping by to say hello or to have a quick look on their way to somewhere else, or people (like me!) spending hours looking for a vintage gem!

And let me say that I found a couple… like this vintage green long dress and these amazing red cat frames (both on a “every piece for $10 ” table!)

Regret of the day: not buying this fantastic 80s maxi sweater…

And… look who I found there?!? The lovely (and stylish!) Elisa and Lily from Style Like U (www.stylelikeu.com)

I met Steven Jenkins just outside the Market… I loved his style so much that I asked him to be my model for our TLC in NYC Best Of Street Style Male Award!

Now; when I left, I found something very interesting in front of me… but this is a new post, a new story!

The Ladybug discovers the vintage section of the Greenwich Market in London

As I wrote last week, one of the funniest things about having a blog is the fact that your fiends living or traveling around the world, give you plenty of information and news about the vintage that they find everywhere! Last week Carmen shared with us her pictures from New York, this week my friend Andrew from London gives us tips (and pics) from the Greenwich Market.
When you travel to London and you look for vintage finds you have the biggest choice ever: there are great shops, second hand, charity, fairs and markets as vintage is culturally accepted and spread all over the country. Still the little markets, those that are less known internationally may give you amazing surprises!
Situated in Greenwich city center, the Greenwich market is one of the most famous markets in London for the unique atmosphere and for the artistic touch brought by many of stallers! You can find there the most original artwork and toys, vintage clothes and accessories, collectables and antiques, and of course delicious fresh food and drinks!
This is a very old market which began more than two centuries ago, but it is only from the middle of the 80’s that it’s been recognized as one of the most interesting and well-known markets in London. For more information visit www.shopgreenwich.co.uk
I visited it once many years ago, but I’ll definitely go back again on my next visit!
Here are the pictures of the vintage stalls/shops that Andrew shared from the Greenwich Market! Enjoy!