In an abandoned factory, stained of rust and adorned with some spider webs, friends and I took part in the East Market Milano event. It was a vintage clothes and accessories fair, held this time - in Milan's outskirts. I can describe the whole picture by quoting a peer's wordplay: "we just are in an old disused venue where disused garments are being sold". Nonetheless, the area truly had its charm
Logos and balloons in the shades of blue and silver welcomed the guests who – as I personally did too – wandered around for two hours to discover old-fashioned apparels and track down any kind of occasion.
One could have been mesmerised by hefty sequinned jackets from the 80's, attracted by heavy faux furry vests, be thrilled by the 50's coloured-mix hair bands' stand. Well, I reasonably am passionate about the hats; hence, that was my case: I could not get enough of a magnificent black velvet headgear.
The spirit of the show was friendly and convivial for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because of the sense of real simplicity given by the sellers who, implicitly, led to the second factor - that was the presence of joyful stalls in the fair. Indeed, it was common finding bowls of candies, marshmallows and lollipops around, or trays with vintage style – and edible – cupcakes. Cheerfulness was brought also from original plastic jewels and little objects and gadgets. Overall, people here demonstrated their easy-going attitude and social skills better, compared to those ones, for instance, at the Leopolda Vintage Edition in Florence.
We also had the opportunity to buy a lottery ticket for just 5 euros (to me it was fine, as the proceeds have been given to a kennel) for the chance to win a cute, small, red Chanel bag. Unfortunately we didn't win, but we kept enjoying our tour through the past style trends. Eventually, my bestie ended up buying a reindeer print, while I purchased two t-shirts for 3 euros. The hat was too expensive – it cost 90 euros - but, I promise, I will come up with an idea to get it!
Admission was free and food and beverages areas had also been organised. As the queues at the rest stops looked crowded and endless, we decided to have lunch in Milan's city centre and walk till Castello Sforzesco before heading home.