Posted on October 27 2015
Louis Vuitton Launches Rome City Guide by Tamu McPherson
Hi Pretty Birds,
Yesterday I joined Louis Vuitton for the launch of its Rome City Guide.
It’s always a pleasure to visit the eternal city. As it’s name suggests – it never gets old, and it always warms your soul while caressing your senses.
I was also very excited to take the tour with some of my favorite friends with whom I haven’t been able to spend more that 15 minutes during a fashion show. Here’s a look at our day as we visited a selection of the Roman gems included in Louis Vuitton’s latest city guide.
12:45 – Our itinerary started with a light lunch at Maison Roma Etoile in Piazza di S. Lorenzo in Lucina.
You can’t imagine the amount of self control that I willed not to buy everything in store.
At lunch, we also discovered the Rome City Guide App. It comes out on Nov 5th and is free, meanwhile the print version costs €30 and can be found at Louis Vuitton stores. The App, updated 4 times a year to reflect new openings, includes A “Around Me” geo-location feature that allows you to find nearby places of interest. The App also includes an amazing post card feature that lets you share images from the guide locations that you have visited.
While enjoying mini plates of Roman specialties like Cacio e Pepe, we were also given the opportunity to meet with the authors of the guide who include Pierre Léonforte, Isabelle Valembras-Dahirel, Arielle De Gasquet and Federico de Cesare Viola. I enjoyed chatting with De gasquet who currently lives in Paris and works as an artist in ceramics. She contributed tips on beauty and luxury objects and highly suggests a visit to Farmacia Fatte Bene Fratelli on Isola Tiberina where you can find exquisite creams and potions that are still made onsite.
2:30 – Our first stop after lunch was a visit to Lucia Odescalchi Showroom where owner and showroom namesake Lucia makes gorgeous jewelery for the woman who needs nothing. Lucia considers her showroom and line as a #workinprogress much like I consider my projects. I totally connected with her on this approach to life and work.
Fun fact: the showroom is located in the only existing separate entrance in Palazzo Odescalchi, no one knows what the prince used it for (wink)….
Pag. 196, Palazzo Odescalchi, Vicolo del Piombo, 17/B.
3:00 – Nora P Decor Space
A sublimely curated design space that mixes vintage jewelry, with household products and contemporary furniture and objects.
The owner Eleonora Pastore (Nora P) collaborates with different brands. She designed the ping pong/dining table featured in the gallery.
Pag. 228. Via Panisperna, 220/221
3:30 – Museo Del Louvre
I visited this incredible photography store last year with my friends Annina and Flavia and was so happy to go back. The owner Giuseppe Casetti considers himself a photographer through the work of the photographers he selects for his special space. Museo del Louvre currently houses an archive of 230+ K photos and other books and objects which Giuseppe sometimes finds hards parting with (the objects, not the photos). He finds great inspiration for his work at the store in the book Les Chants de Maldoror by Comte de Lautréamont.
Pag. 242, Via delle Reginella 26-28
4:00 – Sartorial Tirelli
Sartoria Tirelli is a historic costume design house which has created costumes for countless operas, ballets, shows and films. It is a treasure trove of inspiration and a place where you can lose yourself admiring all of the elements that go into creating the fantasies created by a splendid costumes. Look for Sophie Marceau’s costumes from Bernard Rose’s 1997 Anna Karenina, or Michelle Pfeiffer’s stunning red gown in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence.
Pag. 190, Via Pompeo Magno 11/B
6:30 – A visit to the breathtaking Palazzo Farnese for celebratory cocktails with Madame Ambassador Catherine Colonna and the authors of the city guide.