Design and lifestyle is a matter high on La Bottega Milanese’s agenda, a mainframe on which to deliver urban cafe culture the Milanese way – but mostly our coffee & gospel La Classica.
When it came to looking at options to replace our stools, we wanted to pick fresh & local. This is nothing new, we started doing this back in 2009, thirsty to share & pitch in the exciting independent spirit synonymous with Leeds – any excuse for a collaboration and a coffee.
Any excuse for a collaboration and a coffee..
Shortsighted – The Collab
Staying true to our mantra ‘If it’s not from Italy, then it’s from Yorkshire’ we decided to go local, if we could find a bright young talent to help along with support and exposure – even better.
John in his laboratory with Shortsighted x La Bottega MIlanese stools.
The brief was simple, sharp design, understated and elegant capable of working along the calming vibe of the The Light store space.
A matter of design
Just as we did with First Light Leeds and Liam for the refit and the bench design for the store, we wanted to be closely involved in the design and progress with John as well – and thoroughly enjoyed the process.
Drawing board and coffee
And here are the results of a lot of hard work on John’s part, a piece we absolutely love which encapsulate all aspects discussed in the brief.
If you want to come and see for your self, the stools are at The Light store in Leeds on The Headrow. If you want quality design led furniture and break the Ikea mould, beat a patch to John’s website where you can buy or commission your pieces.
We are proud to have worked with John so early on in what we believe will be a stellar career, even prouder to have helped along a young local talent in this ever growing corporate world.
John at work
A designer maker and proud Yorkshire man based in Leeds Jon Mitchell is using his experience of bespoke furniture making and knowledge of the industry to shake things up and bring his own take on how furniture should be designed and made.
The Jam Jar is the makers mark of Jon Mitchell Furniture and placed into every piece it symbolises the inspiration, passion and dedication that has gone into every piece of furniture, it allows the whole creative process to be stored within the piece. If it doesn’t have a Jam Jar it isn’t Jon Mitchell Furniture
Please rsvp via email firstname.lastname@example.org with max a plus one. Quick as places are limited.
Salute e buona Colazione.
Already a staple of many Leeds city dwellers for their regular coffee hits throughout the day, La Bottega Milanese is an embodiment of urban cafe culture, and is now inviting customers to share more of their lives in residence, as they can choose wine or coffee in their favourite espresso bar, from today.
Supported by Yorkshire Wine School LIVIN’ Italy’s wine to be available at Bottega Milanese is carefully produced by small growers, LIVIN’Italy family friends. The award winning vineyards Mattia works alongside were founded in 1928 and reside in North East Italy. Wines available to sample will include wines from Veneto (Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Bianco and Grigio, Verduzzo, Valpolicella, Bardolino, Soave, Prosecco) alongside wines produced in Piedmont, Friuli, Abruzzo, Puglia and Sicily.
Laura Kent, Yorkshire Wine School Owner and WSET local educator said: “I am really thrilled that LBM will be selling wine alongside their excellent coffee and authentic Italian food, even more so once I heard that YWS favourite LIVIN’ Italy would be supplying the wine. At Yorkshire Wine School our mantra is ‘Wine Tasting For Everyone’ and with LBM now offering a wonderfully convivial place to enjoy a glass of Italian wine it brings a little piece of Milanese culture to the local scene!”
When Farah menswear contacted us to run a piece on creatives & indie Businesses in Leeds, it did not take long for us to say yes..
At Farah, we believe in creativity and we want to celebrate it. Disguising itself in the way we dress, the way we think and the careers we take, creativity can be found hiding in the backstreets of every town and every city throughout the world – and we’re keen to explore it.
Combining great minds and utilising unique talents, we decided to visit some of the cities that we believe wear their creative hearts on their sleeve. But rather than jetting off to New York, Tokyo or Paris, we wanted to celebrate the great and good that exists a little closer to home, here in the UK.
For our first stop, we headed to Leeds. As a city, Leeds is evolving. As businesses rise in the centre, art galleries, cafes and pop-up shops spring up around just about every corner. These independents form the lifeblood of the town, they are the creative hands currently carving their names into the contemporary landscape – they are the ones we’re here to meet.
Described as a ‘melting pot’ of creative talent, fashion and business, it didn’t take us long before we found the names, faces and trends of those currently contributing to Leeds’ creative movement. From craft beer brewers to fashion-conscious barbers, independent bookstores and backstreet coffee grinders, we want to shine a light on the people who are helping Leeds to recognise its creative place in the north of England.
By shaking the hands of some of the region’s finest talent, we were keen to discover how their creativity was influenced by the city that surrounds them – and how current trends, styles and designs have played their part in each of their individual stories.
In this video, you’ll hear from those we were lucky enough to meet. You’ll see the likes of Northern Monk and their awesome brewery, you’ll see the slick team behind King Koby’s Chop Shop and the delicious coffees sold by La Bottega Milanese. You’ll also see Leeds – a city on the move, a city that’s changing and a city that’s growing. It also just so happens to be the same city that all our creatives call home.
Farah is embarking on a tour to find the creatives that make this great country tick. Starting in Leeds – the home of the Farah-partnered Beacons Metro festival – we trawled the streets of the city to find the businesses at the heart of Leeds’ melting pot of creative talent.
Caffeine – the fuel that drives so many creatives. But what about those who grind, pour and serve our daily blends? Surely they too are worthy of a spot within our burgeoning club of young creatives? Well, if any that you know happen to possess just a mere percentile of the skills, flair and vision held by Leeds’ La Bottega Milanese, then the answer can be a resounding ‘si’.
Coffee houses for the urban addict are hardly in short supply. From high street lattes through to in-house Costas, there’s no denying that if you find yourself in need of a pick-me-up within any city centre, a good old fashioned cup of Joe can be found in two shakes of a sugar packet. So why is it then, that given the sheer number of coffee shops in existence today, it’s so hard to find somewhere you’d want to sit, savour and actually enjoy your next cappuccino? So often it seems that throughout the urban landscape, so many are opting for safety over style, convenience over comfort and the uniform over the unique – and for us here at Farah, that simply won’t do.
Citing “Milanese lifestyle” and “continental café culture” as two of the main factors behind his business, we knew that when we found Alex and La Bottega Milanese, this was a place worth celebrating. Established in 2009, La Bottega Milanese is an Italian espresso bar boasting two awesome outlets in Leeds city centre. Throughout each location, every hanging bulb, white wall and neatly trimmed barista epitomises Alex’s hunger for what he passionately describes as “urban café culture” and “better coffee” across the board. “We bring real heritage and in-situ experience of the Milan Espresso Bar scene,” argues the founder of La Bottega Milanese. “We bring the public a progressive take on something that is part of our national DNA. The appetite for better coffee was clear with the arrival of Starbucks in the UK. We just decided to go one better and anticipate the demand for the real thing.”
When pressed about his company’s style, Alex cites “subtle elegance” alongside words like “classy” and “detailed” – which, given the immaculate appearance of the baristas that man the counters of his creation, feels like a fairly accurate description.
From every latte, macchiato and freshly ground bean, La Bottega Milanese is an espresso bar Leeds can be proud of. Alex’s creation is unique, well-designed and brilliantly bespoke – it is personal, creative and cultured. Simply put, La Bottega Milanese signifies everything the high street, over the past decade, has failed to be.