Week-end in Rome (3): Shopping finds!

For me, no week-end abroad is fully complete without at least a couple of hours discovering the local boutiques... last week-end in Rome was no different. Unlike what you might expect, I didn't run to Gucci, Prada, Fendi: we have all of these in London so it's not such a treat for me, I prefer to find some cute local boutiques and brands which are not as easy to find where I live.

Luisa Spagnoli is one of these quintessentially Italian fashion houses, very traditional and very high quality. You may know the other brand its creator launched, back in the early 20th century: Perugina, famous for its chocolates and pannetoni. To say I raided this shop is not even close to what really happened: I was completely struck by the sheer quality and affordability of the collection, as well as by the number of options available. I stocked up on skirt suits with feminine details that are simply impossible to find elsewhere, cashmere ponchos for the week-end, lambswool dresses etc. Expect to spend approximately €400 for a suit, €175 for a wool dress.
Luisa Spagnoli, Via Frattina, 84/B

Up next, Cashmirino, the sweetest little boutique filled with cashmere clothes for children aged 0-14. I agonised for a while over which bodysuit to buy Monsieur Baby, as everything looked so beautiful. But at €150 a pop I had to be careful not to get carried away! I chose a royal blue cashmere suit with grey trim, with  matching socks. Monsieur Baby is sure to be the most stylish baba at his music class this winter!
Cashmirino, Via Belsiana, 92/A

A shopping spree is tiring, every fashionista knows it, so it's only fair we made a little stop at what is famed to be the best gelato shop in Rome: Il Gelato di San Crispino. The gelato here is so special they only serve it in tubs to focus entirely on the flavours, no cornettos allowed!! This is the place we chose for Monsieur Baby to have his first taste of gelato: we picked vanilla for him, which he really enjoyed, though we had to warm it...I had fig (reminded me of a summer day in Provence) and Hubby Dearest had the classic stracciatella. Delicious!
Gelato di San Crispino, Via della Panetteria, 42

Whilst we were at the gelato shop we walked over to Il Papiro, a little paper and postcard boutique selling Florentine paper, where the handprint designs transported me to a time long gone. I loved the guilded postcards and the little bookmarks.
Il Papiro, Via del Pantheon, 50

Shopping done! How about you, what are the little finds you've discovered whilst travelling abroad?

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deuxarmoires said...

I've bought a lovely notebook from Il Papiro in Florence. I even met the owner, Gianni, and he showed me how the paper was made ... very cool and nice of him. You can see him making it here (middle of page): http://deuxarmoires.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/florence2/

LittleS said...

Wow, I'm so impressed you got to see the process. I loved the little Roman boutique, but I have to go back to Florence. We went a couple of years ago and I'd love to take Monsieur Baby.