ITALY TOUR DE FORCE DONE | FABULOUS AND FINITO

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Piroscafo "Concordia" ex "28 Ottobre"

Piroscafo "Concordia" ex "28 Ottobre"

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It was a mighty fine trip, that’s about as plain and simple as I can put it.  Venice– a beautiful place, but they sure gouge you every chance they get, which gets old quick.  What can you say, it’s a tourist trap. Then a wonderful visit to the Monti mill, dinner with Bruno and his fine, gracious people.  Scouring the shops and alleyways for more Italian influence.  Later– Milano Unica.  Great fabric and fashion inspiration, running into a couple familiar faces, making many new & fruitful connections.

Most of all, it’s nice to be home.  Home with the family I haven’t seen enough of this summer.  It makes you appreciate those you love, and want to treat them extra well.

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Lake Como, from the "water bus"

Lake Como, from the "water bus"

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THE ITALY TOUR DE FORCE PART I | VENICE & THE FULL MONTI

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Venice is all it's cracked up to be, only down part is that guys like me contribute to the very heavy "tourist" vibe.  And by heavy I mean prevalent, not fat.

Venice is all it's cracked up to be, only down part is that guys like me contribute to the very heavy "tourist" vibe. And by heavy I mean prevalent, not fat.

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After two flights, a lengthy layover in Madrid, and a water bus ride from the Venice airport that seemed to last forever, I finally made it to the homeland of luxury fabrics.  Veeral and I hopped the train to meet with Monti, the legendary shirting fabric mill that we proudly partner with for our custom dress shirts at J. Hilburn.

This coming Tuesday is the start of the Milano Unica fabric show which along with Premiere Vision in Paris showcases the best fabrics the world has to offer.  If you can’t find it here, you most likely can’t find it anywhere.  For product guys, it’s like turning a kid loose in the ultimate candy store.  We’re ready to be inspired, shop our brains out, and ultimately put out some incredible new products.

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Venice is high on charm, especially when get away from the gaggle of gaudy power-lux-brand shops-- riding the water taxis provides access to some pretty great views.

Venice is high on charm, especially when get away from the gaggle of gaudy power-lux-brand shops-- riding the water taxis provides access to some pretty great views.

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One of many water taxis that pump through the veins of Venice.  These guys have a pretty sweet deal in terms of quick cash, and a seemingly pretty cool gig.  Sure it has it's downside, but I couldn't see it from where I was sitting.

One of many water taxis that pump through the veins of Venice. These guys have a pretty sweet deal in terms of quick cash, and a seemingly pretty cool gig. Sure it has it's downside, but I couldn't see it from where I was sitting.

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