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Vitale Barberis Canonico

Vitale Barberis Canonico

A big part of my recent trip to Italy was visiting the fabric mill of Vitale Barberis Canonico.  A large portion of the custom suits I have sold for the past 7+ years have this fabric as their backbone.  I have to thank J. Hilburn, for setting this up with Marino...

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Xi’an Part 2-Terracotta Army

Xi’an Part 2-Terracotta Army

Seeing the Terracotta Army in person was pretty special and hard to describe in words.  For those of you who don't know the history behind them, I will give you a brief explanation. Qin Shi Huang became the King of Qin at the age of 13 and then, China's first emperor,...

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Xi’an part 1

Xi’an part 1

I will be honest, outside of the Terracotta Warriors, I didn't know anything about Xi'an.  It is definitely a cool city with a lot of history and the smallest of the three cities we visited, only 13 million people.  It is one of the oldest cities in China and the...

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Beijing, China – part 2

Beijing, China – part 2

Something I didn't talk about in my first blog about China was the language barrier. I don't speak Mandarin and, if you don't either, than I strongly recommend a private guide. In each of the three cities we toured, we had a English and Mandarin speaking guide and it...

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Beijing, China – part 1

Beijing, China – part 1

I have always wanted to go to China since I was a little kid.  Growing up, I studied several martial arts that started with Kung Fu and, of course, I was obsessed with Bruce Lee movies. I remember saying to my grandfather, who is part Chinese, that one day I would...

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