Based in the central fashion district of Milan on Corso Venezia, Henry Cotton’s 400-sq.-meter store covers three floors and is furnished with oversized oars soaring up its walls. The store is designed by the interiors and architecture firm of Anouska Hempel Design, which introduced such features as an open spiral staircase climbing the full height of the building. The staircase provides a series of different settings and displays, offering glimpses of the different spaces through a dynamic architectural promenade, which links each floor to the next. In the center of the atrium, a lift resembles an air balloon basket rising from the ground up, while arched windows from floor to ceiling evoke a private members’ club. The choice of materials contribute to a sense of permanence — brick, stone, plaster and timber have all been chosen to improve with time and wear. Meanwhile, the store is complemented with bespoke furniture designed to showcase the ranges and craftsmanship of Henry Cotton’s merchandise. The display furniture is meticulously detailed and based on the designs and materials of travel trunks, from beloved old leather work trunks to beautifully presented chrome and studded polished metal cases, befitting the vintage English items sourced from country houses, schools and universities woven into the displays.

—Isabel Mühlbauer