The one shop that really stood out to me in Milan didn’t have any fine Italian tailoring in sight, it was all about the knives. Founded in 1929, G. Lorenzi is really like no other retail establishment I have ever been in, ever. The walls are lined with dark wooden display cases which are very neatly organized with an array of all things man. Knives, pipes, brushes, clippers, trimmers, shaving supplies, cologne, a huge selection of every possible type of scissors and basically every other little well made accoutrement you can think of. The obsessiveness of G. Lorenzi rivals some of the crazy stuff I have seen in Japan. And don’t get me wrong, the place is no C.O. Bigelow steroids, its roots are in knife sharpening and G. Lorenzi is above all famous for it’s cutlery. A logical pursuit given Italy’s obsession with food.
My friend who helped orchestrated my trip to Italy marked G.Lorenzi as a must see and commented that the shop is as “ACL as it gets.” She couldn’t have been more on target. Guy Trebay even name dropped G. Lorenzi recently in his ode to Milano in The Times. I couldn’t agree more, the place is no joke. Next time you are in Milan, be sure to stop in if only for a peek and the perfect pair of scissors.