A triumph of the imagination which finds expression in the many artisan hat shops still to be found in Italy, especially in the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont. Amongst these workshops stands out the historic Melegari hat shop in Milan.
There are traditions handed down with pride and passion from generation to generation. This is the case of the Albertario family of Milan, a dynasty in the world of leather goods for over a century for their talent and meticulous attention paid to each step of their work
It isn't easy to find things in common with the world of big business and that of high quality handcrafted tailoring. Luca Maselli, a young fashion entrepreneur, passed with ease from one world to the other in his pursuit of a dream.
It happens sometimes that in life you may have to change direction. A job that is no longer fulfilling, different ideas, the desire to get back into the game.
On the southern outskirts of Milan, in the unraveling of long avenues, among small retail shops, trams and traffic, invisible to the eyes of heedless passers, hides one of the oldest and most prestigious workshops of Milanese craftsmanship.
In one of Milan's most symbolic roads, in Via Manzoni, a few steps from La Scala Opera House, is the Hotel et de Milan. This 19th century building, with its classic, warm and inviting setting, is at the corner of the boutique district, the crossroads of history and tradition.