Born in the Seventies, La Libreria del Mare was shaped inside an ancient grocery store in the heart of Milan. The location still keeps the charm of historical shops, thanks to the preservation of the antique cherry wood furniture and ancient ceilings. In addition, the ground floor structure looks like the old galleon bridges, with a bow and stern castle!
ABOUT US: THE ORIGINS
The rest of the bookstore was originally furnished with easels, wooden boards and blue clothes; the basement, on the contrary, was the result of the building’s old cellars’ recovery… A bare environment, with crumbling walls and a lot of humidity.
In those days the editorial offer wasn’t very wide; consequently, the bookstore had a small sitting room and a huge aquarium of over 1000 liters. Fortunately, in the following years the number of available publications enormously increased and, unfortunately, we had to remove those spaces.
ABOUT US: THE EIGHTIES AND NINETIES
After various managements, in the early Eighties Piera Casari began to shape the bookstore as you see it today! For the ground floor, in fact, she commissioned the new wooden furniture’s craftsmanship, in line with the style of the shop; for the basement she chose to tile and isolate the old cellars with a clever system of double walls and vaulted false ceilings.
Between the old and the new millennium, La Libreria del Mare expanded the range of books and other products for sale year after year. Furthermore, it promoted the sea culture not only in Milan, but in Genoa too! In fact, the Boat Show hosted several times the bookstore’s stand, center of interest for all enthusiasts. Finally, the creation of the website with a customized e-commerce opened our shop’s doors even beyond national borders!