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Shopping in Rome, Milan, and Florence

Shopping in Rome, Milan, and Florence

Bygone craftsmanship and modern-day charm come together at these storied spots in Milan, Florence, and Rome.

Milan

Wrought-iron lamps and checkerboard tiled floors have set the scene at Cappelleria Mutinelli (5 Corso Buenos Aires) since the late 1800’s. Men about town still visit for sporty leather caps and narrow-brimmed fedoras, while women love the 1930’s-style cloches.

The 83-year-old cutlery shop G. Lorenzi (9 Via Montenapoleone) overflows with mother-of-pearl caviar spoons, bone-and-carbon-steel knives, and ladles made of deer antlers.

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Street Scene: Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand’s large, bustling capital can be overwhelming—so who better than a few stylish locals to reveal where to go now?

Pim Sukhahuta, creative director of fashion label Sretsis: “I love going to Again & Again (Soi 4 Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55 Rd.) to look for fancy sequin tops, long prairie dresses, and 1950’s costume jewelry.”

Suraporn Lertwongpaitoon, curator and lecturer at Silpakorn University: “My favorite place to catch an art show and have a few drinks is WTF Café & Gallery. It’s very chic.”

Artaya Boonsoong, special effects supervisor at Renegade VFX: “At Roast Coffee & Eatery (Thonglor Soi 13, Sukhumvit 55 Rd.), I always order an iced latte and the Cuban sandwich.”

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Dogpatch: San Francisco's Newest Creative Neighborhood

Dogpatch, San Francisco

Take a vibrant mix of Victorians and historic warehouses. Fill them with inventive boutiques and restaurants. Add an industrial waterfront district—and you’ve got San Francisco’s newest creative epicenter.

Yellow Building

The area’s beating heart is an 1890’s stable that now houses Piccino ($$)—a convivial restaurant dedicated to thin-crust pizzas and small plates—as well as an outpost of Modern Appealing Clothing, known for avant-garde fashions, and Dig, a wine shop and bar. Minnesota and 22nd Sts.

Workshop Residence

Head here for goods crafted by hand on-site, including silk crepe dresses from Paris-based designer Aurore Thibout and wood-and-leather wedges from local artisan Martha Davis. 833 22nd St.

Chocolate Lab

Cult brand Recchiuti Confections’ long-awaited café serves rich desserts such as mandarin-chocolate-mousse cake and lime-meringue tartlets. A few doors down is Little Nib, their new retail shop. 801 22nd St.

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Tech Thursday: Chic New Bags for Your Camera

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Finding a good camera bag that is both functional and stylish is a seemingly near-impossible feat, at least in my findings. They’re always bulky, vinyl, sacks, with nothing new or fashionable brought to the table. Yeah, I get it: its primary purpose is to organize and protect your camera and accessories, but why does it have to be so dull? I like a little flare, okay?

So I was pretty excited when I saw the newest line of Acme Made camera bags, which just hit the market this earlier this week. They’re functional, good-looking bags, and come in four different sizes, depending on how much equipment you’ll be carting around with you. You can buy them in olive green and grey, but I’m partial to the grey one, which has a brushed nickel look to it, and a delightfully surprising burst of lime green on the inside. The internal compartments are adjustable and/or collapsible, so you can customize it to suit your needs.

www.acmemade.com; from $29.99.

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Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

Trend Watch: Mobile Stores Hit U.S. Streets

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Move along, food trucks: mobile boutiques are hitting the streets. Styleliner (pictured)—an old potato-chip delivery truck—peddles Spanish crystal-and-mesh clutches and other global finds up and down the East Coast. Portland, Oregon, is naturally hip to the craze: Lodekka, a 1965 double-decker, carries a wide range—from 1970’s patterned dresses to tweed coats. Dallas’s bright green Vintagemobile also specializes in retro. You’ll find paisley tops, YSL sunglasses, and cowboy boots from the 50’s. And in St. Paul, Minnesota, Uniquely Attainable has gone the housewares route: Midcentury Modern furniture and kitschy pillows are sold from a school bus.

Photo courtesy of Styleliner

Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar Launches New Store

The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar is still weeks away—so there’s plenty of time to buy those tickets! But for those who just can’t wait to get a taste of the world, you’re in luck. We just opened the online T+L Global Bazaar Store, powered by L-atitude. Stocked with tons of accessories from around the world, it’s a dreamy shopping experience for any seasoned traveler.

What can you expect to find in the store? Items similar to those that you’ll find at the actually event next month—from one-of-a-kind woven pillows to Turkish and Indian jewelry to Mexican beach bags. So pop on in, browse around, and bring a little piece of the world into your home. Happy shopping!

The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar takes place September 28–30, in NYC's Lexington Armory. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

Yeehaw! Wild West Town For Sale

201208-b-cowboy-istockjpg"Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money," said Blondie in the classic western A Fistful of Dollars. We're wondering what Blondie would have to say about the 3.9 million dollar pricetag for the old ghost town of Woodside, Utah, a former water stop for steam engines and rumored pit stop for Butch Cassidy.

The Denver Post reports that 63-year-old owner Roy Pogue said that the reason for selling the 709-acre property was because his wife "likes people and we didn't have any neighbors out there." 3.2 million is admittedly steep, but just picture this: you, pretending you're Clint Eastwood, sipping a whiskey inside your own saloon while your horse waits outside. Just hope you've got a fistful of 3.2 million dollars to make it happen.

Related: America's Coolest Ghost Towns

Corinne White is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

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Hotspots in Portland, Oregon's West End

Portland, Oregon: Tanner Goods

Once considered Nowheresville, the Portland’s West End is now a cool stopover.

Clyde Common: In this industrial restaurant beneath the Ace Hotel Portland (the undisputed heart of the neighborhood), almost everything is sourced from within a 100-mile radius, from the nettles in the cavatelli to the bacon, house-smoked over applewood. $$

Tanner Goods (pictured): Pick your preferred shade of English bridle leather and fittings (from brass to stainless steel)—and in just 10 minutes, you’ll walk out with a custom-made belt. 1308 W. Burnside St.

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Get a Dose of Chicago's Hippest Artisan Market

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There's only one place in the Windy City where you'll find spiked snow cones, astrology readings, leather boat shoes, and a mini-barbershop all under one roof—and that's Dose, the monthly pop-up market showcasing food and fashion finds from throughout the Midwest.

The brainchild of a foursome of local tastemakers that includes editors from Time Out Chicago and the Chicago edition of Daily Candy, the event launched in June 2011, offering displaced shop owners and online artisans a physical space to peddle chiffon scarves, specialty cocktail bitters, and other funky items you never knew you needed. Chicago has been falling hard for Dose's carefully-curated (and ever-rotating) collection of 50 or so vendors, transforming the previously underutilized River East Arts Center—a massive, early 20th-century brick warehouse a few blocks from the fanny-packers at Navy Pier—into a cool place to shop, snack, and discover the next big thing.

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Tech Thursday: Two Fab (and Secure) Camera Bags

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Anyone with an SLR camera knows there are about a million cases to choose from to lug around your camera, lenses, and accessories. But recently, I was shown a couple of cases from Lowepro that I absolutely love. The Flipside Sport (pictured above) is a backpack-style case that’s perfect for outdoor/adventure photography. It fits securely over your shoulders, but also has an extra strap that clasps around your waist. Plus, since it’s made for outdoor activity, there’s a special H2O compartment on the side that’s designed to allow a sports straw to feed through, so you can rehydrate without digging through your bag. On the other side? A convenient spot to store a modest-sized tripod.

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