Shoe Designer Brian Atwood's Guide to Milan & New York

The Milan and New York-based designer reveals his favorite spots throughout the world

By Brad Virata May 01, 2014 7:54 PMTags
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Shoe designer and CFDA Swarovski Perry Ellis award winner Brian Atwood is a household name, known by women worldwide. Celebrated for his exquisite craftsmanship and hyper-luxe design details, his heels are worn by some of the worlds most iconic stars.

Atwood is the go-to designer of choice for women that want to feel seductive and empowered. Sofia VergaraMadonna, and Victoria Beckham are just a few of the A-listers who swear by his heels.

When he's not hard at work, the accomplished designer likes to divide his free time between the two romantic cities he calls home: Milan and New York. So, we caught up with Brian as he gave us the scoop on all his favorite places to shop, eat, hang out and more!

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Is there a vintage store in Milan that really inspires you?
Spazio 900
. The Mid Century vintage furniture and fabulous lighting always takes me back to a timeless era that I love. It's located right underneath my home, so it's entirely too convenient! 

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What is your favorite bar for a nightcap after a really long day of designing?
I love the garden seating at the Bulgari in Milan. Just a very chill scene with great drinks and apertivo tastings. This is my go-to place for an Aperol Spritz

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Who is your go-to hair stylist? 
Jordan Blackmore 
at 3 Squares Salon in New York. He's the only person who can touch my hair in the States!

Is there a special place in the city where you escape for a stay-cation?
My Milan apartment is a great escape for me. It is always a pleasure to just be home in Milan and chill. 

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Who is your muse for this season's collection? 
Loulou de la Falaise. She defined sophistication and glamour! 

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Where do you go for the perfect meal? 
My new favorite restaurant in New York City is Sant Ambroeus in Soho. I love it so much I was asked to design a plate for them to auction off. The Bolognese is out of this world. It happens to be next door to my apartment, which is a problem. A very good problem! 

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What's a fashion trend that you can't stand?
I am not a fan of flip flops in the city. I think flip flops should stay at the beach. People should wear chic sandals or loafers once the weather gets warmer, not flip flops. 

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Define what you think is ultra sexy in the city. 
In Milan, I love summer night Vespa rides. That's sexy.