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CV Travel Diary: Milan

A couple of weeks ago Colleen, our head of Product Development, and I went to Linea Pelle in Milan. Colleen has made many trips to the leather fair, but it was my first time attending and I was so thrilled to be there (we have some wonderful materials in store for Fall) and fell in love with Milan!  We worked a lot and had very little time to see much of the city, but we made the most of that time. Here's what we did on our one day off:

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Our morning started out with a walk from our wonderful hotel, the Yard, to the Fondazione Prada. This entire compound is a design lovers dreamscape - executed by Rem Koolhaas' architecture firm OMA. I loved this part of the old distillery that they painted with gold leaf.

unnamed-2 This ginormous hangar-like room was home to my favorite installation - this John Baldessari piece called Giacometti Variations. unnamed-3

After absorbing much art and architecture, we had to grab a snack at the Wes Anderson-designed Bar Luce where we had tiny prosciutto sammys on buns and cappuccinos.

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From there we jumped in a taxi and had them drop us at Piazza del Duomo - breathtaking.

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But as beautiful as il Duomo is, I think Colleen's idea to be dropped there was just to get us close to this bar: Camparino - it's one of her favorites. Aside from the amazing drinks and snacks on the bar, the mosiac walls are stunning.

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Bar Camparino is right at the entrance to the world's most beautiful mall: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The glass-covered ceiling met its match in the multi-material-based tile and terrazzo floors. Ahh, if only malls in the US were this pretty.

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After walking and walking, we each had a bowl of pasta, and 3 Italian beverages of choice, at another of Colleen's stand by's: the beautiful Cova

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Shopping after a glass of wine is always fun (and sure to be spendy) - so when walking to our next destination from Cova and we passed Miu Miu, I had to stop in to see if they had this shirt I've been dreaming about. They did. The last one. I took this pic in the dressing room to text to my shopping-enabling friend Heather, to make sure she approved. She did and I bought it, along with a short sleeved black sweater with holes all over it. (I love the shopgirl in the background checking on me. Caught in the act of Selfie.)

unnamed-6 After shopping, we walked to my friend JJ's new offices for her online vintage site, La Double J - which were so incredibly CUTE! unnamed-7 JJ's Miu Miu cat wallpaper summed up what our day in Milan was like: fun, maximalist, & gorgeous.  xcv

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