Travel Journal: Milan/MICAM Day 3 & 4

This is a continuation of a previous post. To read Part 1 and 2, go here then here.


Another night of restless sleep, but I had a super busy day ahead of me. No rest for the weary! So I passed on the platform sandals and wore some flats instead. I knew my feet would be happier in the long run because I had a lot of walking to do!

Entrance to Fiera Milano

Off to the show I went. I worked with several of our vendors detailing styles, colors and taking pictures so I would know what to buy when I got back to Seattle. It’s fun, but around 3:00 the jet lag set in so I decide to call it quits for the day. Sometimes it’s best to stop when you are tired, otherwise you come back home and think, “what was I doing buying that purple suede, orange platform boot?”

Vialis Spring 2013

I opt to take the green line to the Moscova stop and shop via Garibaldi. I love all the shop windows and how these small stores take pride in their businesses. Whether its a clothing boutique or a grocery store, it doesn’t matter. The art of merchandising and display is alive and well in this city.

A shop window at a tile store.

After a little rest, I meet my friends for dinner at Pepino. Good company and great food make all the difference when you are traveling for work. It’s a nice way to decompress from the long day. By the time I got back to my room it was almost midnight!


Last day in Milan. Cristina meets me at the show entrance at 9:30 am. We only have a few vendors to visit and we finish very quickly. We have been working together for years and as a team we are very efficient. I thank her for her time and we say our goodbyes. We look forward to seeing each other again in March.

The grounds at Fiera Milano

There is still a couple of neighborhoods I hadn’t shopped so I take the subway back to the Brera neighborhood to have a little lunch and shop more windows. By 3:00, I am all shopped out so I head back to the hotel for some rest.

A florist shop in the Brera neighborhood.

In the early evening I grab my i-Pad and visit my favorite bar in the neighborhood, the Mag Bar. I start blogging my first entry for this series. A couple of Aperol Spritz later, I start to get hungry. I walk to a pizza-to-go place, grab my food to take it to my room, eat and finish packing. I force myself to go to bed early for a cab awaits me at 5:30 am to take me to the Linate airport in the morning.

Mag Bar

Blogging and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

It was a good trip, but I was ready to come home. You’ll just have to wait until January to start seeing all the new spring collections coming to re-souL. I hope you will be pleased.

Travel Journal: Milan/MICAM Day 2

This is a continuation of a previous post. To read part 1, go here.


I woke up 3 times during the night. Maybe the nap wasn’t such a good idea? My feet already hurt,  but I decide to brave my platform sandals anyway. I joke that “sassy Maggie” comes out when I am in Italy. I tend to dress up a little more when I am in Milan. (I must have blended right in because 3 strangers at different times asked me for directions in Italian.)

Ripa di Navigli B&B

I walk to Porta Genova to take the green line to Cadorna and switch to the red line to take it to RHO Fiera. The convention center was built on the outskirts of the city center a few years ago (they had outgrown their facilities in town) and they extended the red line of the subway to conveniently end at the fair.

On a side note, it is super easy to get around Milan on the Metro. You can save yourself a chunk of change on cab fare if you are willing to walk and use the subway and bus system.

Fiera Milano

Bonsai theme at the visitor’s exhibition hall.

I get to the show and start to walk the halls. After awhile, you pretty much get a sense of what new trends are emerging. By the end of the day I had an idea of what would be popular for Spring 2013. I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you see the new collections at re-souL next spring!

I had walked the entire show and it was time for me to leave, I was to meet my dear friend from Seattle (also in the shoe biz) at 10 Corso Como for an aperitif and then go to dinner.

After our  cocktails at the bar in Corso Como, we made our way back to the Navigli district. We ended up at NSC for dinner (again). It really was worth a second night for me. We later found out that NSC is short for Num Semm Chi. Which means “we are here” in the Milanese dialect for “noi siamo qui”. Cute, huh?

Navigli District

We finished our delicious dinner and it was late, so both my friend and I said our good nights and went our separate ways to our hotels to go to sleep.  Another busy day awaited me!

to be continued……

Travel Journal: Milan/ MICAM Day 1

Every six months we are fortunate to come to Milan for a footwear trade show called MICAM. It is one of the largest shoe fairs around and people from all over the world come to attend. I have been coming to this show more times than I can count, but I still get excited to see what our vendors have in store for us for the upcoming season. This is a journal of my last trip.



Looking down the street of Ripa di Porta Ticinese, Navigli District

I arrive in Milan in the morning and lucky for me, the B&B that I stay at, has my room ready.
I am able to take a nap! ( I hardly slept at all on the 14 hours of plane flights. ) Mid-morning turns to late afternoon when I had awaken from my nap. I shower, change and head out to the streets to take in the store windows. I wander down along the Navigli, up to Corso di Porta Ticinese and walk further up Via Torino until I end up at the Duomo.


The Duomo, Milan

That evening I meet my italian friend Cristina for a drink. We stayed close to the Duomo as she had dinner plans of her own. It was lovely to see her and it was good to catch up.


Ristorante Num Semm Chi

I later headed back to Navigli for an early dinner. I was still tired and wanted to be close to my little B&B. As I walked home, I was intrigued by a restaurant called “NSC”. It had outdoor seating and decorated quite modern with white walls, a crystal chandelier, reclaimed wood tables and french cafe chairs. It looked like it was packed with locals, so I gave it a try. I was not disappointed at all. It was delicious! The buratta and polpettone made of eggplant was scrumptious.


Porpettone di Melanzane ed Burrata appetizer from NSC

Feeling fat and sleepy I decide to turn it in for the night and save my energy for the next day. I knew I had a long day of walking ahead of me.

to be continued……

What do I wear with: MOMA 51201 Men’s Boot?

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. We hope you’ll like it and keep checking back each week. This week we feature the MOMA 51201 Boot for Men.


Pub Crawl

What to wear with: MOMA '51201' Boot for Men

Featured re-souL items: Men’s MOMA 51201 in Available in Rabbit (Dark Charcoal), Bed Stu Belts

To view the other items featured here and to see more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

re-souL in Italy (pt 5 of 5) : MOMA

re-souL in italy : moma factory 04

MOMA’s design studio chalk board

If you’re familiar with re-souL, you’re probably aware of our shoe collections, many of which are specialty handmade products that we’ve imported. We are often asked about how this happens and while it is not as glamorous as you might imagine, we do travel to Italy twice each year, working to select the products that we feature in the shop. This post is the final in a five part series in which we’ll try to describe our trip, the places we go and the people with which we do business. (If you haven’t read the first four parts in the ‘re-souL in Italy’ series, you can catch up here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

Midnight Over My Action.  It is not easily translated.  The phrase which inspires the creative energy behind the product is an enigma.  It is the wrinkles on your face and the scars which tell the story of your experience in life.  It is your unique expression, only yours.  It is the same with all things in nature.  Moss grows on the sides of trees, soil erodes where the rains have exploited a weakness.  Rust forms on the side of an old abandoned steel barrel.  All of these things are the evolution of something previous, an expression of history.  MOMA shoes began in 1991 with the thought of creating experiences, not shoes.

re-souL in italy : morrovale countryside

View from the factory window

I began writing this post, our last in the Italy series, with the same approach as previous.  I was going to write about the beautiful countryside, arriving to the town of Morrovalle, up in the hills.  I was going to write about arriving at a place which resembled more a ranch house than a factory.  The people, the smiles, the pride, all of that.  Sure, we toured the place, it was marvelous, well organized and productive.  The shoes are very well made, but that doesn’t really tell the story of MOMA shoes.

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