Dear Richard,

I’m going to be in Milan for a day en route to the brand-new Mandarin Oriental on Lake Como, which friends swear is great. It’s a birthday gift from my wife of two years, who also is insisting that she take me shopping. Don’t get me wrong: I love to shop and I love Alessandro Michele, but I can buy loafers back in Chicago. I’d really like something with provenance, pedigree, a story. Any suggestions? Also, how in the hell do I nonchalantly drop name and address into a conversation over prosecco and fettucine at Bice?