When in Milan, do as the Milanese

Our naive belief in the "If you build it, they will come," principle, first espoused by Teddy Roosevelt in 1910, took a knock over the weekend when we heard that the estimable Italian shoe brand SW1 is going out of business.

While we're sorry that the firm that introduced us to the sand-coloured monk is on the way out it does give rise to a tempting opportunity - until the June 25 the remaining stock is being sold with a 50% discount. Visit the shop in Milan, or order over the telephone. Via Morone, 8 Milano (+39 02 76012810); www.sw1.it

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