In Milan since 1937
Made to measure hand made wigs and hairpieces. Italian highest quality natural hair, since 1937.
Specialized in the realization of toupees and wigs for men and women. Handmade, custom-made, only with Italian hair and with best materials. Hairstylist available.
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Office of Paride Parrucche
Paride Parrucche, in Milan since 1937, is an historical custom manufacturer of hand tailored wigs of the highest quality, made with only natural hair. We realize wigs for men and women, toupees, curly hair, ponytails and hair increaser for any
With us you will be able to find again your original head of hair in any detail (quality, quantity, hair color, hairstyle, ...) and with maximum comfort thanks to our high selected materials, suitable also for sensitive skin, and with customized sizes.
The quality of materials, the beauty of hair, the experience we have and the service we give make our products unique.
Our hairstylist, wig specialized, is always available at place to improve our service and to provide maximum customization.
In Nineteenth century, in France and afterwards throughout Europe - including Italy - a special craft handed down from one generation to another, thriving successfully: expert hands shaped long and thin as silk hair to make beautiful the heads of aristocrats...
Today this timeless art still exists, right in the heart of Milan.
To enter the laboratory of Paride Parrucche is like to step back in time: thistles, crochet hooks, thimbles, hangnails from sheep intestines (thin and very resistant to protect the most delicate details), and the whole tradition of workmanship that has been going on for centuries.
A skilled and experienced team will welcome you in order to satisfy any need you may have: whether it is to solve a hair loss due to therapy or natural causes, or if it is just a matter of having a new look for an important gala dinner.
People do not know that to realize a wig it takes from a minimum of five until eight or even sometimes fifteen days: the first step is to choose the fabric to realize the skullcap: usually it is made of silk, cotton or tulle, then comes the knotting of the hair with a particular crochet and finally the haircut.
By visiting the laboratory and showroom of via San Prospero, in the Cordusio area, you will meet the experienced and helpful team of professionals, who will advise you with the best solution to meet your requirements.
The hair we use are only of Italian origin, which are hard to find anywhere else.
Historic workshop of Milan
Paride Parrucche is a historical workshop of Milan:
with this recognition the city intends to protect and defend those commercial and craft activities with strong roots in the city in order to confer value of cultural heritage for the territory.
Historic workshop since 1937
Hall of Paride Parrucche
Outside of Paride Parrucche
Curiosity: The true legend of the Ciavelares, the hair merchants
At the end of the Nineteenth century the “Piemontesi” (people from the northern italian region Piemonte), were the first hair collectors in Italy, from the ancient French tradition, and they arrived in Friuli. The “Cjavelars” - as they were called in Friuli - use to pay well, and for people living in the mountains, where poverty was deep, was a convenient deal. The way of saying “son of a cjavelar” is still use in Codroipo, San Daniele and Tolmezzo (small mountain villages in Piemonte) to insult someone with uncertain father.
Where could the gathered braids arrive? To a fogey magistrate of the Court of London? To a French “mademoiselle”? To the wife of a Hasid rabbi in an eastern Poland village?
Few years ago, in Elva, a small, remote village on the borders of France has opened a unique museum: the Hair Museum.
For a century and a half, Elva has been indeed the core of the international trade of hair. The enchanted kingdom of “li pelassiers”. “Wait, I'm going to take the keys”, says Mr. Edo Loria, the cook of the “San Pancrazio” Occitan Inn, who takes care of the "Pels Museum".
There is not too much traffic in Elva, the arrival of visitors off-season is an event, and the museum gets opened just for them.
The museum is a Nineteenth-century stone and larch house and clinging to the slope; it was called “Casa della Meridiana” because of the sundial on the main wall. As the spruce door opens, in the dark of the basement, it appears a photo yellowed by age of Mr. Pietro Raina, born in 1870, from the village Chiosso Superior.
Moustache, suit and tie, a pocket watch with silver chain, he leans on his right elbow on a tiled stove, and with his right hand raises wavy hair braids knotted together on the side of the root. The look in his eyes is serious, almost military; the palm of the hand is on top and the fingers are open with a feigned indifference that betrays the pride of a job and the pride of wealth conquered thanks to his talent and efforts.
Next to the photo, the tools of the trade: combs for brushing, spikes to card, basins for washing, backpack-cabinet to carry on the back, with captivating objects to charm the women and convince them to trade: laces, jewels, and scarves.
A bit of wind blows from the stable to the barn, the Casa della Meridiana is drafty, and full of whispers coming from the past, as the voices of the departed who “use to take away women’s hair to turn them into wigs”. “Ah, I felt so bad to cut the braids of beautiful girls!” as Mr. Daniele Mattalia, born in Elva in 1897, remembers in a thirty years ago testimony among documents collection of the Museum. “Our problem - explained a hair hunter to Ines Cavalcanti, expert about Occitans things - was to leave on the head of those girls just a little crown of hair. The girls of ten or twelve years were often crying, but mothers needed the money and helped with the work. I cut so many braids in Udine! We use to pay five or ten pounds for each braid, but the pounds of that time were worth much more than nowadays.
The best area was between Veneto and Friuli, mostly in the mountains, where poverty was deep and the prices more convenient. The “Piemontesi” use to go there to find the most beautiful hair, since the chill and the priest forced the girls to keep their braids packed in cloths, hidden from the light and from the eyes of men. In the south of Italy, the "pelassiers" did not go at all: the hair of southern people were too rough for the Northern Europe market, they were considered good at least to fill pillows.
Friuli and Veneto offered many advantages as well: inns to eat and good barns to sleep. Hair’s collectors could not afford hotels. They travelled in velvet suits, more difficult to crease, and after dinner they use to ask hospitality to the farmers. Their mattress was the "paion" (a sort of straw bed), and they slept inside a bag in order not to get too dirty.
Apparently, everything started by chance, towards the end of the Eighteenth century.
The legend says that two people from Elva went to Paris taking with them the hair of their sisters, and made from that deal such a fortune that all the village decided to follow them. People from the mountains were like that: they invented deals to make money and survive during the low seasons (such as wintertime).
Each valley had its deals, tells Fredo Valla, writer, director and romantic expert of the Occitan world around Monviso. In the Maira area, there were anchovy afrmers, coopers, saddlers or hurdy-gurdy men. In Varaita there were charcoal gatherer, umbrella makers, knife grinders; and many of them became taxi drivers in Marseille. From Val Chisone came many hotel maitre; people in Valle Stura knew how to make the marmots dance. In Valle Cervo people knew how to build cathedrals and how to make rabbit hats for Orthodox Jews. Since the art of wigs started, Elva had two harvests per year: hay harvest and the hair one. The second was a sort of real safari. Men, at least five hundred of them, left their home at the end of August, after the hay harvest, and they scattered all around Italy for the second mowing during the cold season. Therefore, in Elva from September to the end of April there were only women. Men returned home by May the 12th, the S. Pancrazio Patron day and hair market day. They came loaded as mules, since hair weigh a lot.
A load could arrive up to fifty pounds and it was so valuable that the Piemontesi travelled in fear of being robbed. That is why they usually moved around together, and during the night, they guarded each other.
In Elva, when old houses are restored, you can find hair often left in the interstices of the walls... They worth so much that women hid them, twisted and tied as piles of bills. Even the gold was cheaper: with ten pounds of well-treated hair, you could buy an apartment. The platinum blond was worth the most, because it could be whitened and sold to the English lords for their in full dress wigs.
Original article by Paolo Rumiz on Repubblica, 2008.
How to create a wig
Tax deductibility of the wig
In Italy, the purchase of a wig is tax deductible after medical treatments such as chemiotherapy or dideases such as alopecia.
In these cases, the wig is recognized as care costs, since it helps correcting the damage from a disease and, at the same time, it provides help for psychological discomfort.
For both reasons the wig is for health care, and the Tax Office recognizes - after a medical certificate and eventually a medical prescription - that it benefits for a 19% of Irpef discount (in accordance with Article 15, paragraph 1, letter c of the "Testo Unico delle imposte sui redditi").
The wig is considered a medical device from the Ministry of Health;
it is considered medical device any instrument or appliance, used alone or in combination, intended by the manufacturer to be used with the purpose to attenuate or alleviate disease or injury.
Therefore, after a medical certificate, the wig is recognized as used to overcome the psychological difficulties arising from hair loss. It is furthermore recognized as prosthesis and it needs to be marked CE, under the Directive 93/42/EEC.
In case of pre-existing health insurance policies it is recommended to check the conditions of your insurance coverage for prosthetics and specifically for the wig to these assimilated.
Do you have healthy, beautiful and long hair and you have decided to cut them? if you cut at least 35-40 cm, you have a true value in your hands as long as they are neatly tied up at the top and at the end with a braid!
The value of the hair will be estimate according to the quality, length and weight of the hair.
The rarest and most valuable hair are the natural platinum blonde and white hair.
N.B. We accept white hair from 20 cm of length.
Ask for a free estimate by coming to our atelier or by sending an email with the following info: weight (if already cut), cm of cut hair and photos of the hair to firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown and blonde hair
Making of wig
Our works: making of, repair and maintenance
The secrets of handmade wigs have been handed down from father to son, and survive today in the laboratory of Paride Parrucche.
Manufacturing crochet on silk and tulle, hand making on cotton net, weaving on a handloom are all the features that guarantee light, anti perspirant and natural wigs.
Our wigs can be repaired and thickened if necessary, natural hair can in fact be dyed, straightened, permed and treated exactly as you would do with your own.
We will show you how to wash and style the wig at home (you can use the shampoo and the products you are used to) as you do with your own hair.
Besides, upon appointment, we are always available for hairdresser services.
Exclusively handmade work
Via San Prospero, 4
Subway 1, Station: Cordusio
It is recommended to make an appointment
We are open Monday to Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Via San Prospero, 4 Milano
From Central Station
Walk from Central Station to Piazza Duca d'Aosta, just outside of the train station. Take bus n. 60 (direction Europe), stay for 3 stops or bus n. 33 (direction Lambrate). Get off at stop "Lima". Once there, take the line 1 of the subway (red line) direction Bisceglie or Molino Dorino and get off at the fifth stop (Cordusio).
At the Central Station take subway line 3 (yellow line) towards San Donato. Get off at the fourth stop (Duomo). Change to metro line 1 (red line) direction Bisceglie or Molino Dorino and get off at the first stop (Cordusio). Otherwise, it is a walking distance from Duomo.
The Malpensa Express connects the center of Milan (Cadorna Station) and Malpensa Airport Terminal 1, with trains departing every half hour and a journey time of forty minutes. At the Cadorna station take the line 1 of the subway (red line) towards Sesto for two stops and get off at Cordusio.
There are buses connecting the Central Station to the airport of Malpensa, Terminal 1 and 2. Get off in Central Station and follow the instructions here.
Linate Airport is connected to Piazza San Babila by bus; once in Piazza San Babila, take line 1 of the subway (red line) towards Bisceglie or Molino Dorino and get off at the second stop (Cordusio).