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Luxe for Life!
Elise Hofer | Photo: Katrina Wittkamp | February 26, 2013
Three Chicagoans—an Italian tastemaker, a roost revamper and a fashionista who doesn’t play by the “rules”—make living an artfully chic, high-design life look effortless.
Where in the world is Luca Lanzetta? At the time of our interview he happened to be right here in the Windy City, splitting his time between his two showrooms specializing in sleek and chic Italian home furnishings—Antoniolupi on Wells Street and Ernestomeda in the Merchandise Mart—both of which recently underwent luxe redesigns. But the Milan-born Lanzetta, 43, travels extensively for work, mostly back to Milan, four times a year on average, to source collections and trends for creating fabulous living spaces, from kitchens to bathrooms and beyond. “My personal style is naturally elegant without trying too hard or looking too flashy,” says Lanzetta. “I always have something, from a watch [on the day of our shoot he was sporting a Panerai] to an accessory [often an Hermès pocket square] that you can tell is particular and well thought out, even when I am very casual.” It’s obvious that Lanzetta’s style is reflected in his home decor. “I like minimal design,” he says. “A very few pieces that will tell a story rather than a house stuffed with heavy furniture.” Next up for the fashion-savvy jet-setter? New York, where he’s scouting spaces for a third showroom set to open by the year’s end, and then off to the Salone del Mobile in Milan, followed by some downtime boating between the Aeolian islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. Buon viaggio! lucalanzetta.com
The Bag Lady
There are those who play it safe where style is concerned and those who take risks, fearlessly loving what they love and are drawn to. Laura Kofoid is the latter. And her successful build-your-own-luxury-handbag concept, Laudi Vidni, is an extension of the empowerment she feels from not coloring between the lines, so to speak. “Laudi Vidni isn’t about the brand screaming ‘this is in’ and ‘this color is in.’ It’s about every woman deciding that for herself,” says Kofoid, 50, who co-founded the line in 2009 with partner Grace Tsao-Wu, the owner of Lincoln Park’s luxury homewares boutique Tabula Tua. “The ultimate luxury is getting what you want,” says Kofoid. Online or at the Laudi Vidni design studio on Armitage (and starting this month at the new Lulu’s on the Avenue in the 900 North Michigan Shops), women who want to create their perfect bag can choose from sumptuous leathers, gold or silver hardware, cotton linings and other cool details like zippers and bag feet. Kofoid is currently coveting the line’s Divisi satchel and is excited about relaunching Laudi Vidni’s website this month. “Road warrior, diva, power mom...,” she adds. “It’s easier than ever to design a bag that looks fabulous and does what you need it to do.” laudividni.com
You know those people who lay out their clothes at night before going to bed? Devin Kirk, 33, isn’t one of them—not that you’d know it by looking at him. The Asheville, N.C., native has an obvious knack for dressing (think Levi’s spruced up with a J.Crew blazer, his grandfather’s old Maus & Hoffman ties, the odd vintage pocket square) but is quick to admit he doesn’t “overthink it.” It’s easy to draw a parallel between his success over the last 10 years (three as VP of merchandising) at Jayson Home, Clybourn Avenue’s emporium for new, vintage and antique home furniture and accessories, and his laid-back outlook on style. “Style should look effortless. I think some things are worth investing in—a sofa, a coat—but everything doesn’t have to be expensive to be cool,” says Kirk, who at press time had just returned from the Maison et Objet show in Paris. “We hit up some flea markets, too, and found some really cool things that will be trickling into the store, including men’s and women’s bags and scarves.” Kirk’s No. 1 accessory, however? “Our terrier mix, Henry. Like a fine wine and furniture, she gets better with age.” jaysonhome.com