While following the cashmere trail, make Orta San Giulio your base; from there you can easily reach any of the spacci in the region. A car is essential. Arrange for a driver to meet you at the Milan airport or in the city (try Eurolimo, which provides English-speaking drivers on request; 39-0331/777-718, fax 39-0331/789-302), or rent an Alfa Romeo convertible and follow the scent of wool. You'll need two or three days to get the most out of Valsesia-- and the spacci (outlet stores).
Agnona 7 Via Casazza, Borgosesia; 39-0163/202-111, fax 39-0163/202-214.
Loro Piana 10 Corso Rolandi, Quarona; 39-0163/201-807.
Ermenegildo Zegna Bolgheri 31 Strada Trossi, LocalitÀ Verrone, Biella; 39-015/255-8382.
Guabello Spa 4 Via XXIV Maggio, Mongrand, Biella; 39-015/256-5111.
Lanificio Cerruti 40 Via Cernaia, Biella; 39-015/35911.
Villa Crespi 8-10 Via C. Fava, Orta San Giulio; 39-0322/911-902, fax 39-0322/911-919; doubles from $197.
Hotel San Rocco 11 Via Gippini, Orta San Giulio; 39-0322/911-977, fax 39-0322/911-964; doubles from $203. A former monastery with a stately, flower-filled cloister. Rooms are decorated with tasteful simplicity, and some command a view of the lake. Take a trip to the island of San Giulio in the hotel's private launch.
WHERE TO FIND REBECCA MOSES
Fashions by Rebecca Moses are sold in the United States at the following stores: Bergdorf Goodman, New York; Linda Dresner, New York and Birmingham, Mich.; Janet Brown, Port Washington, N.Y.; Mitchell's, Westport, Conn.; Toby Lerner, Philadelphia; Harriet Kassman, Washington, D.C.; Jeffrey Atlanta, Atlanta; Marissa, Naples, Fla.; Stanley Korshak, Dallas; Neiman Marcus, Dallas and Los Angeles; Maxfield, Los Angeles; Wilkes Bashford, San Francisco; Nordstrom, Seattle and Portland, Oreg.
-- Mallery Lane
ON THE WEB
Made in Italy On-Line (www.made-in-italy.com)-- Includes an art exhibition guide, information on regional wines and restaurants, and a monthly Italian fashion newsletter, Bentley's Shopping Guide to Italy for Hedonists and Bargain Lovers, that will leave visions of Prada, Gucci, and Armani dancing in your head.
In Milan (www.rcs.it/inmilano/english/benven.html)-- The shopping guide tells you where to spend the lire you forgot to drop in Valsesia, and how to get reimbursed for the value-added tax you paid on all your purchases.
-- Emily Berquist