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The History of Ferragamo

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A passion for shoemaking has turned this Italian brand into a lifestyle powerhouse that defines la dolce vita.

The Hotels: Salvatore Ferragamo’s son Leonardo runs the Lungarno Collection, including Hotel Lungarno in Florence; another son, Massimo, opened Tuscany’s Castiglion del Bosco.

The Clothes: Salvatore’s daughter Giovanna introduced ready-to-wear in 1965. Ferragamo’s Fall 2012 collection is by current creative director Massimiliano Giornetti.

The Stars: After opening a Hollywood shop in 1923, Salvatore Ferragamo became an A-list favorite.

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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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Fashion Documentary Shows the World as a Runway

When Diana Vreeland was making her first forays into her career as a fashion editor, she wrote her dear readers the now oft-quoted suggestion, “Why don't you paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys' nursery so they won't grow up with a provincial point of view?” All things considered, this was one of her more realistic tips, as compared to her enquiring why we don’t wear violet velvet mittens with everything or rinse our children’s hair in dead champagne.

In “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,” a fashion documentary in theaters today, Sept. 21, Ms. Vreeland’s ascendance from middle-school dropout to the most iconic fashion editor to date is largely attributed to her extravagant global vision. Never one to be confined, Ms. Vreeland saw no reason not to use the world as a catwalk and spearheaded legendary shoots, such as the 26-page spread of a fur-swaddled Veruschka scaling the mountains of Japan with a seven foot tall sumo wrestler. No one reads magazines just to see their own backyard, so why not blast them with images of France? Egypt? Or—her personal favorite—Russia?

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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

Linda Fargo's Travel Uniform

Linda Fargo

The woman who gives Bergdorf Goodman its distinctive flair shares her on-the-road routine.

“If I don’t look right, then I just don’t feel right,” says Linda Fargo, senior vice president of women’s fashion, store design, and presentation at New York City’s iconic department store. Which is why she packs more than she needs for her jaunts to European runway shows and vacations on the Italian Riviera. One tip: she packs clothes on hangers in plastic dry-cleaning bags inside her large T. Anthonycase. “Almost nothing gets wrinkled,” she swears.

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Lady Gaga Opens Philip Treacy Show in London

Just before she kicked off the Philip Treacy show wearing a hot pink burka, Lady Gaga turned to the models backstage and slyly asked, "Any tips?" And then out came the pop diva to sing the praises of this designer's unique vision as hyper-tall women in wearable art bounced through the Gothic hall at the Royal Courts of Justice in London during Fashion Week.

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Opulence 101: Lessons from Fashion Designers

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Two venerable French institutions are pulling back the curtains to reveal the craftsmanship behind their stylish goods. L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels (from $750) offers four-hour classes on jewelry history and design in a gilded 18th-century atelier on Paris’s Place Vendôme. Students can try on a few sparklers, too. Stateside, Hermès is hosting the Festival des Metiers, a traveling exhibition making stops in New York, San Francisco, and Houston this fall. Visitors can interact with artisans sewing supple leather into Kelly bags using techniques first developed in the 1930’s. Sadly, you don’t get extra credit for shopping.

Photo courtesy of L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels

Tweet-Up: Fall Fashion Tips

If you share a love for fashion and travel, join us tomorrow for a live tweet-up with T+L’s fashion director Mimi Lombardo. She’ll be teaming up with a panel of experts to help you best plan for a fashionable fall getaway. We’ll talk trends, packing tips, shopping destinations, and more! We hope you’ll join us!

The Panel: @KateBetts@RealSimple, @RedLightPR, @Refinery29, + @UrbanDaddy

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. ET and be sure to follow the chat hosts: @TravlandLeisure and @MimiLombardo
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to http://tweetchat.com/room/tl_chat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to this fab panel and get some expert travel advice.

We hope to "see" you there!

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

Best New Blue Designer Watches

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We love our smart phones, but why not check the time the old-fashioned way? These ocean-hued watches combine form and function. Top to bottom:

• Diamond-set steel Cape Cod, $10,950, by Hermès.
• Constellation-dial automatic with alligator strap, $3,195, Movado.
• Luminescent and waterproof Regatta chronograph, $10,450, Louis Vuitton.
• Triple-time-zone chronograph with rotating bezel, $9,010, Breitling.
• Stainless-steel with dual alarm, $650, Seiko.
• 24-city Richard Branson limited edition, $3,500, Bulova Accutron.
• Reversible ultra-thin ladies’ watch with Valextra strap, $8,000, Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Photo by Levi Brown

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