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January 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm
That sewing kit is wonderful. And those horn trays are sublime. Lucky you to get these pieces before the store closed.
January 27, 2014 at 7:13 pm
You can get similar horn trays at http://www.pigeonandpoodle.com/lewes-tray-set-2/
You just need to contact your designer or call us to find a local retailer.
January 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm
they were selling durable things and, sadly, that business model is frowned upon nowadays…
January 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm
what a pitty,such beautiful things …..
January 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm
Unfortunately, it happens all around the world. :(
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January 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm
quite like this post, sorry to hear that Lorenzi’s closing :(
January 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm
Awww that’s quite upsetting! What a pity!
January 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm
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January 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm
Such a shame when unique and special shops shut! :(
January 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm
All lovely! Its a shame this kind of living is going the way of the dodo and, living with style and elegance is now considered eccentric and self indulgent. I believe its the small personal and often private luxuries and rituals that keep day to day living from droning on into endless monotony.
thanks for sharing
Too bad that shop is closing, and I like the Oscar Wilde allusion! He definitely could have said that!
January 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm
Hmm.. Like I see you had maaany great and originat items from. “O(
January 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm
Such beautiful things! I die for that sewing kit. Oh no, how sad that it’s closing :(
January 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm
Fantastic post. Until now I didn’t know about the shop, since I haven’t visited the city, but still I’m pretty much sure that everytime one of these shops close, a bit of history and personality is lost for ever.
Once again, thanks for your continuous interest on tradition and genuine quality ;)
January 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm
Too bad that G. Lorenzi is closing but at least you picked up some dope items. Use them all in good health.
a sad Milanese
January 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm
As a Milanese, I am very unhappy. G.Lorenzi has had some of my favourite windows since I can remember.
One more victim to the power of global fashion housex, who keep raiding the most relevant shopping streets in the world for additional retail space.
It’s the law of the Market, and we gotta live with it.
This unfortunate trend started in Milan in the 1990s (countless shops on Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga left) and it is sadly shared by all main retail centers in the world.
January 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm
Very sad to hear that. Only hope it won’t be another Prada store
January 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm
Nice post, and much appreciated but… anything that can be done to reverse the trend? Too many small players are priced out of the market, in too many ways. And if they are not priced out, they are simply bought. I don’t want to have a stroll in the quadrilatero and find just big international brands.
January 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm
I TOTALLY GET IT! I am so in love with practical things that are done beautifully. The sewing kit- I would of bought 10! And the other objects are wonderful. I hate how a lot of useful things are made of plastic- with no soul!
January 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm
I understand your sadness. I feel the same way about a few great stores that closed in Paris. Irreplaceable.
January 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm
Dear Scott, a tragedy indeed. A very sad sign of the times; true specialty providers of quality items – so difficult to earn a living. So many people these days expect everything to have a “cheaper” option to buy and of course there just about always is, but it doesn’t come with the QUALITY and BEAUTY of the objects and experience offered by your friends in Milan. B
January 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm
Beautiful treasures! Love your writing – wish you’d do it more often :)
I share the sentiment expressed by all the comments here. Speciality shops all around the world, especially in pricey real estate cities, are being pushed out by big retailers. Now there’s no more personality when you visit Paris, Milan, Rome, Beijing, Tokyo…..all the same homogeneous shops.
January 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm
Such a pleasing array of gentlemany things…may you pop your buttons in style!
January 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm
So many old fashion elegant accessories
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January 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm
I almost cried and I am not even joking
January 27, 2014 at 8:06 pm
You are killing me with the news and pictures. Objects of Desire? You betcha! I can hardly contain myself. Don’t forget you can still get similar items at Cable Car Clothiers in my San Francisco. Ciao.
January 28, 2014 at 3:48 am
Really bad news!!!!
January 28, 2014 at 4:37 am
Sadly this is because people are now happy to buy any old crap as long as it has a logo on it and cannot get to grips with the concept of cost and value i.e just because something is expensive and well made doesn’t mean it can’t be good value for money.
January 28, 2014 at 6:41 am
Sometimes it seems as the world will be a place where everything small and precious is vanished…or maybe not?! I like to be optimistic and think that another wonderful little shop will take G.Lorenzi’s place, even a better one!!
January 28, 2014 at 6:51 am
This is truly bad news,I have bought many thing at G.Lorenzi through the years.It was truly a bastion of elegant things.I considered the salesman as friends .This was always my first stop when I came to Milano.I will miss this store and what it stood for.Who said progress is good?Some things should stay as they are.How sad for all those who love the truly unique.
January 28, 2014 at 7:12 am
So sad it looked like a beautiful shop.
January 28, 2014 at 8:10 am
Thanks so much for the Wilde quote….. I will treasure it. So few today value the experience of browsing through a well- curated shop just to enjoy the beautiful, often handmade, objects on display. Need is not the issue, nor want. Desire is the issue…. the desire to possess a lovely, well-made, and unique object just for its own sake.
January 28, 2014 at 9:27 am
One of my treasures is a G Lorenzi chain mail oyster shucking glove that I bought my then boyfriend, now husband, 25 years ago. What an amazing store…
January 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm
What?! You can’t drop a bomb like that without details? Why are they closing? Will they be relocating? I never bought everything I wanted just to give me a reason to return. Now I will never have that pocket knife I held on my last trip.
January 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm
There is another Lorenzi shop in Piacenza (a little town 70 km south from Milan) I think they are relatives…..the goods is the same!
January 29, 2014 at 6:53 am
Eearly rumors said it fell in the hands of LVMH (which would have been not too bad since it bought Cova, another milanese institution which is still there on the other corner of Montenapoleone and working great as usual).
Later news say it has been bought by Swatch. Unfortunately, they seem to have bought the property not the busisness.
I wonder why nobody is willing to invest in such an ultracool brand with such fantastic premises and one of a kind products.
I am speechless.
January 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm
This is a SAD moment. I frequented G. Lorenzini often when I worked in Italy !!
January 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm
Another proof of the total incapacity to treasure their arts and traditions. Anything that does not provide immediate revenues at possibly the least effort, is either removed or is left breaking into pieces. Bella Italia, indeed !
February 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm
Too Sad. I love this shop since 30 years
February 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm
I was a model from 17-25 years old, now I’m 31. I have a sewing kit from this beautiful shop that I have been using for years. I moved to Kentucky for dental school a few years ago, met a beautiful young lady and we now have a son together. Her favorite story of mine involves the day I found this shop, acquired the kit, fixed a button and walked for D&G. Thank you for stirring up the memory ;)
February 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm
My favorite store in all the world! Been there over thirty years dozens of times! A store for the Man (or Woman) who has everything or needs just one great thing. All things practical, beautiful, useful, and well constructed. I have literally hundreds of things purchased from them over the years. Unusual materials from Ivory and Tortoise shell, bone, horn and exotic leathers. Shaving accessories;bowls, razors and Dopp kits, Desk accessories; paper/letter knives/openers,lighters, pipes, cigar accessories;cutters of every description , borers,stands, ashtrays, humidors, for home, desk/office and travel, knives of every size and description and material, toothpicks of bone, ivory, silver and gold and exotic woods,Did I say my favorite store in all the world? Not closed? Someone say it ain’t so! As I quoted to Aldo Lorenzi from the John Donne Poem:
“No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less. “The world (at least the retail world is less for this store’s closing! The world does NOT need another Prada or watch brand or fashion store. The world is made unique by quirky, individual, interesting places and G Lorenzi was Valhalla.
March 26, 2014 at 12:00 am
i think oscar wilde would have more accurately said something like “how tragic” rather than “i hate”. but yes, a very wildean sentiment that made me laugh.
March 26, 2014 at 2:25 am
Mauro and Patrizia Lorenzi arrived in NY on their honeymoon. Mauro had allotted 48 hours to travel by train across the USA to San Francisco for their flight to Hawaii because in that time you could get anywhere in Europe and he didn’t conceive of the sheer size of the USA! Quick changes to their plans got them to Hawaii. Before they left NY we took them to a Kosher Deli and Mauro had the ‘Woodrow’ (if my aging memory serves), the all everything on rye.
G. Lorenzi is/was a marvel of a store. I loved the basement, the ultimate man cave. What really made G. Lorenzi special was the Lorenzi family. Warm, wonderful, open and honest I have fond memories of them. I haven’t seen Mauro and Patrizia in many years but I’ve thought about them with great fondness many times.
Does anyone know the actual closing date of the store?
March 27, 2014 at 10:24 am
Mauro, his wife and their daughter own and operate Cedes Milano, a company engaged in producing many of the objects that one came to find and appreciate at G Lorenzi and that now one can find either from O. Lorenzi in Milan, or from several other retailers. All works of art and craftmanship made of metals, precious and otherwise, horn, leathers, wood, etc. The highest in craftmanship, exactly what you came to expect from G. Lorenzi.!
May 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm
Always visited the shop when in Milano; always found the perfect gifts to return home with.
Saw many things that I never knew I needed, but once I saw them I had to have them!!!!
Last time I was at the store Aldo gave me a copy of his book, “THAT SHOP IN VIA MONTENAPOLEONE.” I am sorry to learn of their closing – Milano’s loss!!!!