I traveled to Milan for the Linea Pelle leather show this week. I was only there for a whirlwind of 36 hours, but I was able to see some beautiful architecture and enjoy a few incredible Italian meals in my short time there.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanLinea Pelle is a huge leather trade show held in Milan twice a year.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanTanneries from all over the world come to show here. The booths are extremely extravagant and feel like you’re shopping in a small specialty boutique rather than a massive leather wholesaler.

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mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanSo many brands in the fashion industry make a point to go to Linea Pelle. It’s one of the major leather shows, with hundreds of different tanneries selling leather from basic cow hides to exotic snakes and crocodile. We went to shop for leather and get a sense of trend for our Spring 2017 design season.

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mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanLike Florence, Milan is one of those old European cities where just about everywhere you look there’s beautiful architecture to take in. I love the cobblestone streets and random archways that were built over the roadways.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanThe Milan Cathedral, or “Duomo,” is in the center of Milan and is absolutely breathtaking. It’s funny to me to watch people rush through the square, looking down at their phones and never pause to look up at such an incredible cathedral.

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mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milan

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milan

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanWe had dinner at a tiny Italian restaurant inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (the entrance to which is the beautiful archway above).

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mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanHands down, the most incredible octopus salad I have ever had. I’ve never tasted octopus like that before.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanRack of lamb with stuffed tomato.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanVeal with wine sauce over pureed pumpkin.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanCannoli for dessert!

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanThey brought out a sampling of candied nuts, cookies and bite size chocolate covered vanilla ice cream with the check. I could get used to this.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanThere are plenty of places to shop in Milan. Via della Spiga and Monte Napoleone are great for high end designer shopping. Via Torino is more mainstream and affordable brands.

I was surprised at the number of stores in Italy that made their clothes in China. I was lucky to find a little sweater shop that carried merino and cashmere sweaters all made in Italy. They were surprisingly affordable too. Perfect gifts to bring home.

A friend recommended the Navigli area for some vintage shops. I wandered around the Navigli area for a bit and found some small indie boutiques and some great restaurants as well. Dictionary was one that had some great clothing (very a la Steven Alan) and unique watches.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann milanOn the walk back to the hotel we passed this man with 8-10 mini dogs standing on a street corner. The dogs were all very well behaved and weren’t barking at all. They were just all standing at attention, ready to cross the street. How polite.