How to: Shopping in Milan, the "Fashion City"

August 08th 2012 by Claudia Carta

When we talk about fashion in Italy, we immediately think about Milan, one of the most important cities in the world for the fashion system.

If you love shopping, in Milan you can find everything you’re looking for: vintage clothing, luxury shoes, trend accessories and designer’s clothing. You can carefully explore each store if you live in the city, but if you are a tourist and you have just a few days to visit them, you can select only some and they have be the right ones.

Perhaps you have heard about the Quadrilatero della moda (Quadrilateral of fashion), the high-class shopping district in the center of the Italian city, characterized by the presence of numerous and famous boutiques and related retail outlets which represent most of the world’s major fashion houses. The sides of the Quadrilatero are south of the arches of Porta Nuova, and are composed by Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia.

How to: Shopping in Milan, the "Fashion City"How to: Shopping in Milan, the "Fashion City"

In this area you will find a lot of squares and streets and all these boutiques for your exclusive shopping in Milan: Versace, Armani, Jimmy Choo, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Dsquared, Gucci, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana Man/Vintage/Women, Gianfranco Ferré, Moschino, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Prada accessories and Prada underwear, Hugo Boss, Kenzo, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Laura Biagiotti, Valextra and so on!

A unique shopping experience of fashion, beauty, accessories, food and design is set in the historic building of the Galleria del Corso 4, in the heart of the city. Excelsior store is open every day from 10.00 am to 8.30 pm, 4000square meters and 7 floors that  accommodate iconic fashion brand like Balmain, Givenchy, Valentino, Maison Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten, and also new like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Altuzarra and Vincenzo de Cotiis. But the excellence reigns on the last floor, which offer accessories and footwear by the kings of shoes Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Sergio Rossi, Pierre Hardy, and bags by Marni, Chloé, Proenza Schouler and more. You can find also a shop-in-shop of great shoe designer Manolo Blahnik.

How to: Shopping in Milan, the "Fashion City"How to: Shopping in Milan, the "Fashion City"

Do not miss Carla Sozzani’s shop and gallery at N°10 of Corso Como and the retailer department store in the area of clothing household and beauty products La Rinascente, which you can also find in others important Italian cities such as Rome, Turin, Genoa, Florence, Cagliari, Palermo, Catania, Padova and Monza.

A must destination for the shoes-addicted is the historic boutique La vetrina di Beryl in Via Statuto, 4. It’s a great place located in the heart of Brera Neighborhood and offers unbelievable footwear, bizarre, original and luxury shoes.

In the flagship store Il Salvagente in Via Fratelli Bronzetti, fashionistas can find a very interesting collection of up-and-coming young designers and the best of made in Italy at bargain prices. So if you want to pay less the most expensive clothing, go there! Alberta Ferretti, Balenciaga, Burberry, John Galliano, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Hogan are just some brands you can find.

And of course there’s a must for vintage lovers near to Navigli: Vintage Spirit Multistore, a place where you will find carefully selected vintage clothing for women and men.

How to: Shopping in Milan, the "Fashion City"How to: Shopping in Milan, the "Fashion City"

Have a look to our previous posts: Shopping in Sorrento and Shopping in Rome. Stay tuned and do not miss our next post about Shopping in Venice!

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