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INSIDE STYLE C&C Milano


WITH THE GREAT and the good of the fashion world jetting in for its twice-yearly fashion week, it’s little wonder that Milan has been Italy’s style capital for decades. Emanuele Castellini has been part of this fashion heritage since the 1970s, producing some of the finest silks and linens for design houses such as Gianfranco Ferre and Giorgio Armani. Since the 1980s, he and his cousin Piero have been creating a new kind of style – making beautiful textiles for the home, right in the heart of glamorous Milan. “The 1970s fashion industry in Milan was such


a special, inspiring place to work,” says Emanuele. “Supplying fashion fabrics to houses such as Donna Karan and Kenzo meant I was constantly surrounded by creativity.” However, when it came to creating his own concept store, Emanuele looked a little closer to home. “My cousin Piero has a strong background in architecture and interior design, and when we decided to combine our talents a lifestyle brand was born.” Piero’s design experience and Emanuele’s flair


for fashion and business led to the cousins creating C&C Milano, a concept store in Milan’s fashion district that inspired with its original, welcoming boutique and garden. “The store was really an opportunity for people to come and touch the textiles and see how they would work in their homes.” The luxury curtains, upholstery fabrics and linens are now on display in London, Hong Kong, Moscow and Munich showrooms, making these typically Italian home textiles accessible to a world of style-lovers. “The design inspiration comes from all over,


but Tuscany – its colours, the sea, the gardens and the architecture – is the main narrative thread that runs through our collections,” says Emanuele.


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The saturated coral pinks, deep aquas, natural sand and grey tones in the linen collections, and the rustic simplicity of the firm’s bed linen demonstrate this influence. However, the geometric patterns, modern damasks and soft neutrals also demonstrate a more contemporary, urban style. “Our collections are never complete,” says Emanuele. “Unlike fashion, we’re able to make small changes, and the products evolve.” This adaptability makes C&C Milano an ideal choice for interior designers who are searching for something uniquely special. “We’re very flexible with our design choices, so we’re able to offer a complete interior design service with Piero’s expertise,” says Emanuele. The curtains, upholstery fabrics, trims and even wallpaper can be customised to create comprehensive interior schemes for homes and hospitality, or even vehicles. “We’ve created interiors for yachts and private


aircraft,” he says. “I also have C&C leather trim and linen upholstery in my car!” The raw materials used by C&C Milano for the fabrics and carpets are some of the finest natural fibres in the world – silks from China, merino from Australia, French and Belgian linen, Egyptian cotton and cashmere from Mongolia are all spun, woven and hand-finished in Italy, ensuring high quality. “Every single detail is important for the quality


of our products,” says Emanuele. Creating screen- printed bespoke table linen or a soft bedroom retreat, the rich array of textiles at C&C Milano is an ideal resource for those wanting to curate a warm interior with charm and provenance – one that’s entirely Made in Italy. — www.cec-milano.com


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