Manolo Blahnik has stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano more times than he can remember. “It’s like a home from home to me,” says the designer, who has used the hotel as a base during visits to his nearby factories for the past two decades.
Now other guests will be able to follow in his footsteps in more ways than one, receiving a complimentary pair of rich blue embroidered velvet Manolo Blahnik slippers as part of a special package available until Sunday April 9.
Guests booking a superior room (from €830) will also receive a free foot treatment in the Four Seasons spa, located in a 15th-century former convent on Via Gesù. And especially style-oriented visitors might like to splash out on the black-and-white-decorated Fashion Suite, which has a large private terrace and walk-in wardrobe.
The stay also comes with free entry to The Art of Shoes, an exhibition of Blahnik’s work at the nearby Palazzo Morando. This retrospective spans his career through a display of 200 of his favourite shoes from the early 1970s to the present. It comprises six sections, including Nature, which features a leaf-themed sandal he designed for Ossie Clark in 1972, plus the collection of shoes that he made for Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette, together with 80 of the original drawings.
And for those unable to make it to Milan before April 9, the limited edition slippers (€148) are available to order exclusively through the hotel.