Milan, Italy
Thea, 29
Fashion Designer and Lecturer
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a bit about Thea

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am working as freelance fashion designer and fashion drawing and collection lecturer at Instituto Marangoni in Milan.

What TV show is a must watch?

Actually I am not such an avid daytime watcher but lately I have been quite obsessed with the “Young Pope” TV series by Paolo Sorrentino.

What’s the best karaoke song of all times?

All the Italian songs can be perfect for a karaoke night if you are drunk enough 😜

Which movie have you watched more than 3 times?

I am a movie addict so it’s quite difficult for me to answer! Actually I’ve seen a lot of movies more than three times! Off the top of my head I could name Forrest Gump, Titanic (Yes I am admitting it), Pride and Prejudice, Lost in Translation, Shutter Island, Eternal Sunshine of the sport less mind, Love Actually, The Great Beauty etc.etc.

Have you ever cried while reading a book? Which one?

I cried reading “One hundred years of solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez, especially the second to last chapter.

Are you a planned or a spontaneous shopper? What’s your go-to store in Milan?

I am a fashion designer, I can be both. Also I already have a lot of clothes (I know it sounds poshy but its true), so I never go to shops because “I miss” something. Over the years, I practiced to buy just what I really like and I feel can be mine. My favorite shop is 10corsocomo, their garments selection is conceptual and Milanese snobbish without being detached from their clients at the same time.

What’s the one place in Milan that you’re sure only you truly appreciate?

All the ethnic food shops between Corso Buenos Aires and Centrale station. I love spending time watching what they sell and discussing different recipes.

What’s your dream job?

Mine! Just kidding but since I was a child I’ve always had a kind of “creative urgency” that’s why I love (and I need) to research new inspiration and create garments. It is also thrilling to make people conscious how the creation process “should” have to be. Actually I love to look at reality and see how it can be translated in a million ways that most of the time are different and far from my aesthetic but with a perceptive beauty. It’s like having different eyes simultaneously. Btw, I would love to have a personal brand adventure but I wanna wait a bit.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

That’s hard because I do love traveling and I try to do it as much as I can. Here in Italy I have a true affection for Venice and all the art affairs going on there.

Where do you go in Milan if you have two hours to kill?

I usually take a step inside Palazzo Reale because it is in the heart of city center (its exhibitions are a bit academic but always accurate) or I go to have a look to 10corsocomo concept store. Otherwise I step inside Hoepli or Taschen bookshops (and probably you can still find me there after more than two hours 😜)

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Milan but never actually do?

Going to the Orto Botanico inside the Accademia di Brera, take a seat within plants and flowers and read a book. But I never have time for it.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out for a bite or a drink in Milan?

Joseph Beuys for sure! He is my favourite artist ever and the way he lived and experienced life it has been so fascinating and a revelation for me. I would take him to the Planetario observatory. I am sure stars would be different thanks to his description.

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood in Milan would you be?

I am a north Milan lover, so I would choose Moscova, Isola, Repubblica and Porta Venezia.

What’s the place in Milan you’ll never be caught dead in?

It is difficult to find me in Corso Ticinese, it is not “my part”of Milan.

Where do you and your drinking buddies meet for a casual night out in Milan?

At the Chinese box at Corso Garibaldi, next to Largo la Foppa.

Where would you go in Milan to celebrate the best news EVER!?

I would go to have a super dinner in one of my favorite restaurants.

It’s a Saturday night and the mood is right – where do you go in Milan to party?

I am not a party animal (I hate clubs) so I would go to have a drink after dinner in Isola or Moscova zones.

It’s your last day in Milan – how do you spend your time?

I would enjoy some exhibition at hangar Bicocca and then I’d eat in one of my fav ethnic restaurants around Buenos Aires/Porta Venezia. After lunch I would go from repubblica through Moscova, Brera and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele till via Torino, just for a last look at artwork by donato bramante inside Santa Maria presso San Satiro church. And then at the end, a Sbagliato drink at bar Basso.

What’s the one place a first-time visitor in Milan can’t miss?

Duomo, Last Dinner at Santa Maria delle Grazie, Sant’Ambrogio church, Accademia di Brera… and for sure You can’t leave Milan without having a proper “aperitivo”.

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