Escaped the Virginia winter and headed over the Italy this month to meet with our fabric mills, check on tie production and enjoy doing the work we love the most. A recap: Snow in VA/snow in Milan/day at Unico/Spring 2013 collections/Catch up with friends/Usual Suspects - Canclini/Thomas Mason/Albini/Monti/Tess. Impressed with Legunio – will sample/No Cabs in city/colder than expected/Dinner at Baroca (never better)/amazing walls… Third generation suit factory in the AM/fell in love with a charcoal pin stripe number/Ledbury Suiting??/Car to Como/Ties/10,000 swatches/3 hours with wovens/can get enough wool/interesting artx/Dinner at Como Social with Ermina (she’s a star). Knits in the morning/overdo it on cashmere/Promised dad at least one print/so prints in the afternoon/coffee with Lorenzo/amazing how Italians make dressing an art form… Shattered. Headed North/never ending Switz tunnels/3 hours to Klosters – Pass Davos/No economics/quick vacation/2 feet of snow/2-wheel drive/Incredible hospitality/Inspired by Robert/Amazing veal/Decade's First Fondue/day on the mountain/20 below/Frost bit, but loving it. Car back through the pass/barley made it/back in Milan/Hotel airport/Jameson and water and night of la luggia/flight back/JFK passport control looks like 84’/good to be home/Back in VA./65 and sunny/Valentines day….