Miu Miu’s Milanese literary club, 20 years of Bistrotheque & more this week

Miu Miu’s Milanese literary club, 20 years of Bistrotheque & more this week

by Robyn Pullen
11 min

There’s a Miu Miu book club in Milan, a look into the archives with Umbro in london, and a global Ballentine’s and Boiler Room takeover. On top of that, UK rapper Songer is taking over the V&A, The Streets and Reebok are celebrating music history at END., and Dolce & Gabbana are hitting Milan Design Week with two new installations. If you like the sound of that, keep reading to see what’s going on Around the World. 

Miu Miu turns a new page
Miu Miu©

Miu Miu has announced its inaugural literary club, “Writing Life.” The event is a twi day event on April 17, and 18 taking place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Circolo Filologico in Milan. The event will champion two landmark titles: Aleramo’s A Woman and De Céspedes’s Forbidden Notebook. Both works are examples of the power of writing as a creative medium that has allowed women to express their thoughts, desires, and ideologies for centuries and now Miu Miu wants to inspire future generations to do the same. If you’re in Milan, be sure to give this a go. Find out more information here.

UK rapper Songer takes over the V&A
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Songer, the UK-based rapper behind the viral “Toxic” freestyle, is performing at the V&A next Tuesday as part of the Performance Festival at V&A South Kensington. Bringing his radically optimistic and often intensely deep lyrics in the form of reshaped Shakespearean sonnets and stories, Songer will put on a bespoke performance in the V&A South Kensington’s Raphael Cartoons room. The last (and only other) artist in the history of the V&A Festival to perform at the venue was another UK rapper, Skepta, which adds even more weight to the event. Hit up this link to find your free ticket to the event happening next Tuesday 25th, entitled “Songer: A Sonnet for 2024.”

UMBRO 100 opens its Sportswear x Fashion Exhibition
UMBRO 100: Sportswear x Fashion by The Westminster Menswear Archive©

The Westminster Menswear Archive just opened an exhibition entitled “UMBRO 100: Sportswear x Fashion,” which set out to showcase the unity of fashion and sports in the history of Umbro as a brand. The exhibition itself will reveal the impact of British sportswear and its influence on global fashion, seen through the lens of Manchester brand, Umbro and its collaborations with various globally renowned designers and brands. Looking back at the past 100 years of sportswear and fashion’s relationship, Westminster Menswear Archive spotlights the works of Kim Jones, Paul Smith, Virgil Abloh, Supreme, Palace and Vetement, all in partnership with Umbro. Hit up the University of Westminster until April 28th to see the “UMBRO 100: Sportswear x Fashion” exhibition.

Valentino opens a new flagship store in London

Luxury Italian Maison, Valentino has just opened the doors of a new flagship store in London, a new intimate location for viewing, browsing, and adding Valentino’s luxurious collections to your closet. Located on Sloane Street, the new store is complete with a white stone facade and floor-to-ceiling windows to welcome in natural light. Stepping into the space invites you into a world of Valentino Garavani accessories, ready to wear and private client spaces, each defined by its own distinct area by a unique chromatic treatment that nods to Valentino’s iconic motifs. Whether you’re visiting London or a full-time resident, make sure you check out Valentino’s new Sloane Street flagship store.

END. unites The Streets x Reebok
END. x Reebok x The Streets©

Has it come to this? Yes, it has! END., Reebok and The Streets are uniting for a mega best-of-British get-together. 19 years ago, Mike Skinner was the first UK artist to front a Reebok campaign, and now, he’s back at it, launching a commemorative iteration of Skinner’s favourite dance floor-approved trainer: The Reebok Classic. The release will see an all-white leather colourway, nodding to Skinner’s early 2000s style, as well as a black nylon and nubuck colourway accented with gold detailing. The Streets’ block letter writing is worked on the sidewalls, and the iconic lighter graphic is printed onto the sole, which is visible through translucent gum and rubber. 

To celebrate the launch of the collaboration, Mike Skinner will appear in END’s Soho Flagship store this Thursday, April 18, as part of a takeover with Apple Music and Beats 1 DJ and presenter Matt Wilkinson. If you fancy putting on your classics and having a little dance, grab your tickets here

Dolce & Gabbana hits up Milan Design Week (twice) 
Dolce & Gabbana©

Dolce & Gabbana is hitting up Milan Design Week from the 16th to 21st April with two new exhibitions, both open to the public. The first of the two is the second chapter of Dolce & Gabbana’s Gen D Project, a project which sets out to spotlight and support young designers within the field of furniture. Selecting a variety of designers from all over the world to participate, the Gen D Project’s second chapter hopes to create a cultural bridge between its chosen designers and the “ancient wisdom of Made in Italy craftsmanship.” 

On top of this, Dolce & Gabbana will also be hosting an exhibition at Milan Design Week, which showcases its eclectic range of luxury homeware. Entitled Dolce & Gabbana Casa at its showroom in the city of Milan. You can currently book visits to both Gen D Vol. 2 and the Dolce & Gabbana Casa Showroom via this link, and access slots from April 16th – 21st.

Bistrotheque is toasting 20 years
Tanqueray No. TEN©

Bistrotheque, fashion’s favourite food spot, is celebrating its 20th birthday with a residency with Tanqueray No. TEN. It will celebrate the worlds of art, music, fashion, and design, continuing its legacy in London’s creative scene. “Bistrotheque 20 Season” is part of Tanqueray No. TEN’s year-long residency series spotlighting those working in the creative sector. 

To kick things off, Fashion East founder and London fashion legend Lulu Kennedy MBE will curate a cocktail menu based on trends she is seeing in fashion, so you know they’ll be good. Featured serves include the Lulu de Lulu, the Glitter Sour, the elegant Angelica’s Fancy, and No. TEN classic, Tiny Ten. To top it off Tanqueray No. TEN will deepen the partnership with a glow-up for The Cockatoo, the restaurant lounge and dining area. See the full list of dates down below. 

19th April – Tanqueray no.Ten x  Jonny Woo’s Ten Ten Ten Celebration Opening Night 
26th & 27th April – Tanqueray no.Ten x  Jonny Woo’s Ten Ten Ten Celebration
1st May – Patrons’ Bistrotheque Anniversary Dinner
10th & 11th May – April – Tanqueray no.Ten x  Jonny Woo’s Ten Ten Ten Celebration
17th & 18th May – Thick & Tight Dance Duo
22nd May – ‘Eat to the BEAT’ Women in Music Dinner Celebration
24th May –  Public Cocktails, DJ Soiree + Screening
31st May & 1st June – Thick & Tight Dance Duo

Soho celebrates Record Day 2024 with a ton of events
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Hit up Soho this Saturday April 20th for Record Store Day, where you’ll find a myriad of experiences including record shops, music venues, and more. To name a few: vinyl store Sister Ray offers a range of classic records and hidden gems; independent record shop Phonica is hosting live music and  basement festivities; Honest Jon’s Records at Paul Smith Beak Street has exclusive DJ sets from 2-7pm; and Dishoom is collaborating with Third Man Records to sell the last ever remaining copies of the Dishoom Slip Disc record. If you’re a record collector, music lover, or just want to get out of the house this Saturday, hit up Soho for a listening experience like no other.

Ballantine’s and Boiler Room kick off True Music 10 celebrations 
Balletine’s x Boiler Room©

Ballantine’s has partnered with Boiler Room to throw a year-long programme of 10 in-person and broadcast music events, as part of its True Music 10 celebrations. And when a brand like Ballentine’s teams up with Boiler Room, you know it’s only to end with an all round good time. The series kicked off earlier this month in London with a stand-out show from Sarz, and now it’s going worldwide. The next party is in Johannesburg on May 11, and will feature Badsista B2B Evehive, Dlala Thukzin, and more. You can RSVP now, so be quick to secure your spot.  

Featured image via Dolce & Gabbana©

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