Miky Grendene's Guide to La Dolce Vita
by Benjamin Liong Setiawan
Italian-born hotelier and photographer Miky Grendene has perfected the boutique lifestyle. In 1999, Grendene, and wife Leticia, turned a rickety Mediterranean style apartment building into the chic five-room inn—frequented by the likes of Cher and and Chanel Iman—that it is today. Here, Grendene reveals a few of his favorite things, what inspires his inimitable style and the next wave of Casa Tua.
Kicks: Either Car Shoes or Puma sneakers because they’re so light
Threads: Custom-made suits—Loro Piana has unbelievable fabrics, and I also like Hermès and Etro. My sarongs come from East Africa. I wear them around my neck when I go out at night to protect me from the air-conditioning.
Sartorial advice: Simplicity is the key to a man’s elegance.
Inspiration: Fashion from the ’50s and ’60s like Givenchy, Dior and YSL, and films that capture the looks of that era like La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday
Hair: Thierry Mas in Miami Beach Cologne: Vetiver by Guerlain and Pour un Homme by Caron Hair and Skin: Lancaster Sun Cream and a rehydrating cream by Fekkai
Drink: Casa Tua’s version of the Bellini
Dish: I love the tuna sashimi salad at Hiro’s Yakko-San in North Miami Beach and the squid-ink rice noodles and chicken satay at Mr Chow at the W.
Hidden gems: Bay Point, where I live. It’s beautiful, secure and close to everything—including Casa Tua Cucina, a new concept that will hopefully open soon. It will be a cross between a market, restaurant and deli. But—shhh!—it’s still a secret.
Art: Fondation Maeght in Saint Paul de Vence, France, and Howard Greenberg in New York (one of the best photography galleries in the world)
Lit: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
Film: Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in Their Eyes
Gadget: Garmin Edge 705, the GPS for my road bike
Ride: Range Rover
Playlist: Gondwana, Alpha Blondy, David GrayVersion
PHOTOGRAPH BY ALESSANDRA FIORINI
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