7 Local Milan Shops You Can’t Find Anywhere Else

Stroll through Brera’s cobblestone alleys, then hit up the world’s very first Prada.

Hailed as Italy’s fashion capital, indeed it is, Milan is where designers give birth to shops faster than we can say la moda.  There are several neighborhoods catered to shoppers of all kinds. You’ve got Corso Vittorio Emanuele II behind the Duomo that most tourists flock to, while Quadrilatero della Moda caters to the fancy and the upscale. Around Navigli is today’s hipster central for pop-ups and Brera might simply be our favorite for its artistic yet sophisticated lines of alluring shops and exclusive brands. Here’s a list of local boutiques that will make your wandering and shopping spirit go molto wild.

1. Cavalli e Nastri – Best vintage store, period.

Neighborhood: Brera

Cavalli e Nastri might be the best vintage store in all of Milan, if not in Italy. Tucked away in a posh Brera alley, this store is filled with vintage greats from old Chanel jewelries to beautiful Italian pillbox hats embellished with diamonds from the 1960s.
Cavalli e Nastri also has another shop on the same street for male vintage lovers. One can easily spend an entire afternoon in this beautiful boutique that quite frankly deserves hours of sifting throughs while inhaling fashion’s unlikely stories.

2. 10 Corso Como – Milan’s ultimate concept store.

Neighborhood: Porta Garibaldi

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It began as an art gallery and a bookshop, today it’s the hottest address in Milan attracting millions of tourists a year. Fashion lovers, art enthusiasts, and cafe people watchers gather at 10 Corso Como for the latest inspo on style and design. In 1998, the concept store expanded to a boutique hotel with 3 rooms. In 2003, a Roof Garden opened to attract more crowds. Even with numerous Corso Comos stores opening around the world in recent years, nothing beats the OG in Milano. It’s fabu for any boo.

3. Prada Milano Galleria Uomo First Prada store…ever!

Neighborhood: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Prada.
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Although there’s no shortage of designer stores in Milan, Prada would be the ultimate flagship to visit. Opened in 1913 by Mario Prada, the first Prada store sits underneath the gorgeous glass roof of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It originally sold luxury travel goods, then Prada became the official supplier for Italian Royal Household.

This store has retained its historical elements, including the elegant mahogany shelving units. It must be said that when you buy something from here, the Prada shopping bag is different than those given in other Prada stores around the world.

4. Six Gallery – Live and breed art.

Neighborhood: Navigli

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Once Corso Como popularized the theory of concept stores, more have emerged onto Milano’s design scene. One recent opening is Six Gallery in Navigli district where art and style can be accessible yet quirky. The pieces here start from classic elegance to vintage one-offs. Don’t miss its bistro attached to the gallery, Sixième is a snazzy place for a bubbly.

5. Fornasetti – Whimsical & bespoke home decor.

Neighborhood: Corso Venezia

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Known for its eccentric and vibrant designs, Piero Fornasetti’s Milan store is a gorgeous store full of functional furniture and colorful fantasies. Housed in the home of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (founder of Futurism movement,) Fornasetti’s thousands of pieces can be used in the home, displaying a quirky character with a humorous personage. Stretching throughout three floors, the store can be unveiled from room to room with wondering eyes, as each space carries a different theme and color pallet.

6. Rossana Orlandi – Design gallery & courtyard.

Neighborhood: Magenta

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Rossana Orlandi has been in fashion for more than two decades, as a consultant for companies like Armani and Donna Karan. Since 2002, she’s been transforming her tastefulness into a design gallery and a courtyard in an old tie factory. As a private art collector, Orlandi also promotes emerging talents, and curates several exhibitions. In her store, you can get a glimpse of whimsical yet functional home decor and art pieces that flip any space into a magical sphere.

7. Frip – Milan’s first concept store.

Neighborhood: Brera

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Having been a fashion institution in its own right during the last 25 years, Frip features the best of European brands, particularly ones from France, UK and Scandinavia regions. In the Frip world, style lasts longer and fashion isn’t just about wearables in the moment. Recognized as Milan’s first concept store, the vibe here is edgier and far more alternative. Back in the 90s, it was the first store to import brands such as: ACNE, Hope, Ann-Sofie back…etc. Today, its repertoire includes: Pleasure Principle, The Local Firm, RAF…and more. In essence, Frip forever lives on as the hip and cool.

Wendy Hung

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As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and Russia because they were all so different! St. Bart's was pretty amazing too (wink)!

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