Chalet chic: my Alpine escape

Traditional crafts sit alongside contemporary designs in this cosy Swiss mountain retreat

Nestled in the peaceful Lower Engadine valley in Switzerland, surrounded by spruce-covered mountains and their snow-dusted peaks, Laura Poretti’s Alpine chalet is something of a refuge. The Italian fashion-industry stalwart, who spent much of her childhood in the area with her grandfather, bought the place 14 years ago to counter the chaos of life in her native Milan, a two-and-a-half-hour drive away.

“When I got married, my husband and I decided to have a different space, just for us. That’s why we decided to come here, because it’s far from people and the sun stays [out for] longer,” she laughs. “I have a very stressful life in Milano so when I come here it’s a place to relax.”

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