Fashion and leather, Milan
Even if you don't wish to splurge on a Trussardi outfit or leather goods, you can still come here to window-shop! The Trussadi boutique (like Spazio Armani) is known as a multistore -They have EVERYTHING here.
What to pay: At designer prices.
However, you can always rest your weary feet at the cafe and sip on a nice chilled wine cooler!
At TRUSSARDI's Marino Alla Scala, you can shop for designer leather goods (by the House of Trussardi, of course) as well as sip on a cappuccino or Bavarois...or order some cool drinks at the bar whilst watching fashion shows or music videos on the oversized video screens.
This was where I was introduced to the Italian pop scene (like Paolo Meneguzzi, Zero Absoluto, Alexia etc).
If you're not into the Italian pop scene, no worries. Head on upstairs where you'll be spoilt for choices with the different international cuisines offered at the restaurant. The icing on the cake? The Trussardi Multistore overlooks beautiful Piazza Scala. What more can a tourist ask for? Yes, only in Milan will you get pampered for choices.
What to buy: Everything TRUSSARDI.
Open: daily 10am-12.30pm & 3-7pm, except Wed & Sat, 10am-7pm.
This warehouse-like outlet stocks every designer you can imagine - yes, including American designers.
The first room (as you enter) on the ground floor is where you'll find the high-end designer merchandise.
And this is where you'll find literally hysterical women (not kidding) busily grabbing away at the heavily discounted Marni (Giorgio Armani), Prada etc outfits at this legendary store - as if they were free!
During their sale, you may want to camp outside the boutique overnight as prices here are known to be slashed further by as much as 70% over and above the original heavily discounted prices! I'm serious.
For example, a Pucci blouse costs EUR 1,000. Here at Il Salvagente, I bought a Pucci blouse for approx EUR 100! (Yes, I almost fainted... with excitement). The rest of the store is organized by pants, blouses, dresses, etc. The second floor is where you can find men's stuffs. Pack your boyfriend/ hubby off to the second floor (so that he won't give you one of his 'killer stares' at the number of outfits you'll be buying!). I recently bought a Prada skirt here for EUR 129 (the original was going for close to EUR 1,000). By the time you (the tourist) find out about this amazing store, you'll be choosing from all the left-overs. The Milanese women would have grabbed the best of the best on the first day of Sale!
My new resolution? To work faster than the Milanese women so that I can grab some good buys. ;-)) CASH or AMEX cards are accepted here only (sorry, Visa and Mastercard not accepted). Duh.
What to buy: If you happen to be there a couple of weeks before their Annual Sale (January + July), you may wish to be extra-nice to the sales assistants and politely ask them to offer you some discount. Yes, they DO offer regular customers a pre-sale discount of 30% all the time and it really is up to you to ask.
I’ve done that successfully at stores like Prada, Miu Miu & Roberto Cavalli.
Please remember this one IMPORTANT thing before you ask for the all-important discount: "When in Milano, do as the Milanese do – dress up to go shopping". I mean it - everyone here (men and women) ooze with charisma and fabulous fashion sense. You won't find them wearing sneakers/ track shoes or shorts to go shopping. No, the Milanese are definitely not snooty people. They are just so well brought up to look, act and dress in a refine way, ya know?
The women here NEVER leave home without make-up.
What to pay: Don't ask. It's soooo CHEAP... your boyfriend/ husband will definitely bring you on a world tour (with the savings/ money that you didn't spent)! ;-))
Milan's most famous department store must definitely be - RINASCENTE. La RINASCENTE is Italy's equivalent to Harrods and their prices reflect this. Nevertheless it is a huge store and oozes style and class - definitely worth a visit. Just remember to bring along tons of cash... and enjoy your day of shopping. ;-)
Harrods, please move aside.
What to buy: Everything you would expect from a first class department store... and more. By the way, if you can't physically go to the store, no worries. La Rinascente has an online portal - specially to serve you. Yes, in another word - ONLINE SHOPPING! Yeah, baby.
What to pay: Don't ask... Enough to give your boyfriend/ husband a heart attack. ;-)
Hundreds of nice, trendy, strange and original objects.
You can find also clothes, books, perfumes....
Quite expensive, but here you can find many ideas and then you can create by yourself something nice.
In this street called "Corso Vercelli", you can find mainly clothes stores and big department stores
'Historical' shop in Milan, where you can find anything from Tirolo.
Really nice, the only place where there are the famous wool Tyrolese jackets, but very expensive respect to Tirolo.