My girlfriend and I have decided to fly to Milan for a short 1 or 2 week business-vacation of sorts, in middle to late March. She has been designing women's clothing, and wants to find a tailoring house there who could help assemble her clothing and possibly find a textile mill or outlet with high-quality fabrics (mostly wool and possibly fur, although we will probably stick with a fur company in the Ukraine, which provides beautiful mink, etc). She has been working with a woman here in Seattle, who is expensive and takes forever to complete a garment (as in 2 months for a simple jacket), and we're not sure the tailoring is quite up to the standards of the women she will be selling to. When she found out that some of the members of this board are tailors, and that others frequently travel to Milan and have experience working with textile mills and/or tailoring shops there, she asked me to post asking for any advice anyone might have. This would not be a one-off bespoke kind of deal, more like looking for some shops who are capable of handling a larger volume (1-5 garments a month at first). She only designs women's clothing, so she would not be attempting to compete with anyone here, and does not wish to, so I hope nobody is offended by my questions. Her market is women's beautiques, mostly local and ones owned by friends, and she will be focussed on dresses, shoes and jackets. Anyway, does anyone have any input or advice? Any little areas that are great for finding the best textiles or tailors? Anything we should watch out for or avoid? Any practical stuff, like should we hire a translator, and where are the best places to stay/eat/shop? I'm sure we'll learn much when we're there, but we only have a short time span this trip, and we want to spend a few days in Southern Italy (sun..), so we would like to make the most of our trip. Thanks in advance for any assistance. I hope this is an appropriate place to post these questions, if not, I would not be offended if my thread was moved/removed or whatever.