Milan, Italy: Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier shops one of his favorite cities

Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier shops one of his favorite cities

"In 10 or 20 years, everyone will come to Milan to look at architecture," says Tomas Maier, the designer responsible for reinventing the Milan-based leather-goods company Bottega Veneta. "Everything looks like a stage set at night with double-height columns and huge proportions. People don't have an eye for this postwar, slightly fascistic look yet, but they will." The only son of two architects, Maier, who is German born, has lived most of his professional life between Paris and Miami. But the world of Milanese design is what inspires many of his fashion ideas. "I go around and look at architecture and...

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