There has been a lot of retail space turnover in our neighborhood. Antique stores, artisans, etc., are shutting down and Subway fast food restaurants, and other weird sandwich shops are taking over. There have been some great additions, like the Suppli spot but for every one of those there are four or five places that leave locals scratching their heads.
Via Monserrato is one of the prettiest streets in Rome. When I saw the large for rent sign where Ilaria MIani’s showroom used to be, I became very nervous. What kind of janky business would set up shop on this street?
Then I saw this:
The store had its opening last week. Erica and I walked over and bumped into a bunch of our neighbors. One of our favorite bartenders, Fabrizio from Pierluigi, made the Kir Royales.
Unfortunately, for me, the store is stunning. I should just leave my wallet there and let them take my money. All of it.
Erica completely fan-girled LInda Rodin. I don’t blame her. Ms. Rodin is a style icon for a reason. She was so gracious and didn’t give us the side-eye for geeking out.
I think I need to treat myself to a nice Grand Sac bag for my birthday. It’s a big one (no, I’m not going to say which birthday it is as I still work in Hollywood). I haven’t decided which bag yet. The island of Salina is one of my favorite places in the world but I also love the colors/style of the Portofino, Kenya, and Dubai bags. I haven’t been to any of those places, so I think I should go with the Salina bag.
Below are photos from the opening. Grazie mille, Daria for the invite!
Okay, I wrote this yesterday with the plan to publish today. I like to proof read before publishing yet, some typos still make it through. Grrrr.
On Saturday my friend Courtney called me and said she had to speak with me urgently on Sunday. I asked what was wrong. Why couldn’t she tell me over the phone? I was working all day on Sunday but said I would meet her in the afternoon. Erica wanted me to stop by her daughter’s lemonade stand. I said I was on my way to meet Courtney but would stop by. I was worried about Courtney. Erica said she was too and hoped that everything was okay.
I show up at Etablli. Courtney sends a SMS saying she’s on her way and she asks me to order her a glass of wine. What the heck was going on? Was her news so heavy she needed to have a drink in hand?
She walks in and Erica (!) is right behind her. They say, “Happy Birthday” and then this happened:
I had no idea they were planning this! Erica thought I was going to buy the bag before my birthday so she and Courtney went into action over the weekend. My birthday isn’t until August 26th.
I was/am floored. I am not an easy person to surprise and they totally got me. Well played ladies, well played. I love my bag.
Andrea is a very talented illustrator.
Linda Rodin. Fabulous.
Erica and Linda.
Photos: Me and my iPhone