Friday, October 06, 2006

MILANO - Fashion Week
Old favorite tiny store. Off the beaten track, in a side street in Brera, L'Erbavoglio (you can't get everything that you want) is a charming little store that sells decorative pots of flowers, vegetable and insects made out of painted metal or to use the proper term tole teint. The owners are both medical doctors though they have never practiced. Betty Sonzini took a fine arts course before studying medicine and Laura Goffi, was making jewelry back in 1988 when they opened their first store. The idea came from scouting the flea markets in France, where they fell in love with the hard to find original tole pieces from the 18th century. Both Betty and Laura love the manual labor involved in making these delightful objects. "We are inspired by nature." Betty told me. And, it not surprising that you can find their beautiful and delicate crafts at selected antique dealers in Paris, as well as, in New York City at John Derian. They are the ideal gifts for people who have everything.
L'Erbavoglio - Via Marco Formentini 5 - Tel: +39 0272002757
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