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RJ Outlet: Cheaper fashion
In this shop, belonging to a chain with shops in several other cities, you can buy designer's clothes and accessories at discounted prices. Reductions vary from 50% to 70%.
You will find here items by Armani, Fendi, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Versace and others.
Opening time is 10 am to 7 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 2pm to 7 pm on Mondays.
What to buy: Clothes, shoes and accessories. My preferences go to items that are meant to last more than one season, such as coats and jackets.
What to pay: Even if heavily reduced, prices of the most famous brands are never cheap.
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Emporio Armani: All Things Armani
This is Milan after all. If there is one designer in this town who is revered above all others it is Giorgio Armani. So even though neither Carol nor I own any Armani (or likely ever will) a little homage was still in order. So what better place than the Emporio Armani. This is basically the Armani-R-Us Mall of Milan. Here you can find all of the clothing lines, of course, but also sun glasses, furnishings, books and even Armani candies. It is definitely over the top but I have to admit it does have great style.
What to pay: If you have to ask...
Fashion and leather: Via Montenapoleone
It's useless to mention again that this is the most famous fashion shopping street in Milan.
For the ones who have money to spend on name such as Versace, Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Dior, Fendi, Gucci or Prada - here is your place.
For the others – window shopping is for free.
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Fashion and leather: Rinascente
La Rinascente is the most famous and, according to their statement, the most elegant department store in Milan.
I think there aren't so many tourists visiting Milan that missed La Rinascente. And this had two reasons: first for the stylish products and second for the wonderful view of the dome from the last floor.
Beside shopping, La Rinascente has also a bar, a restaurant, an Estee Lauder beauty centre and even a branch of Banca Commerciale Italiana.
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Fashion: How to buy italian fashion at cheap prices!
If you come in MIlan, deserve a spare day to go to Serravalle outlet. It's a village of shop, a sort of big mall and.. the price are amazing! It is on the road to Genova (40 ms by car), taking the highway A4. I tell you it is really worth!
What to buy: Fashion, Fashion, Fashion... (Armani, Valentino, Dolce&Gabbana,Gilli, Versace....)
What to pay: It really depends on your wallet..
TAD: Style all over
Tad is described as a "concept store", because it sells goods of various kinds, but all inspired by the same concept of style. The shop is on 4 floors. Two are devoted to fashion, and in the other two you will find furniture and accessories for the home, an art gallery, a beauty salon and a cafe. The owner, Marina Coffa, designs herself many of the home accessories.
What to buy: The art and furniture are beautiful to look at, but for shopping it is mainly the clothes that I recommend. You can find at least 30 brands here.
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Gio Moretti: Where Italians love to shop
In the most fashionable area of the fashion capital, where do the locals do their shopping? At Gio' Moretti is the likely answer. This shop is organized as a small department store, and sells items for men as well as for women. You will find here up to 100 brands (Versace, Blumarine, Chloe etc.), even the ones that have their flagship stores in the same street or just around the corner.
The "total look" (being dressed head to toe in one brand) is completely outdated, so this shop is often the one-stop solution for the eclectic Milanese.
Open from 10 am to 7 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, from 3 to 7 pm on Mondays.
What to buy: If money is not a problem, you will certainly find something you like. Otherwise just visit to have a look.
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Entrata Libera or D Magazine: Discount Shopping on Via Montenapoleone ??!!
Right in the heart of the Golden Triangle on the Via Montenapoleone is a discount designer store...UNBELIEVABLE...but true!!!
Now, I always like a sale and I always like a deal. I also really love couture clothes, I just rather spend my couture money on traveling than buying clothes. So I am a hound when it comes to finding sales and discount shopping.
The clothes here are often samples, seconds, or past year items...but if you live in America (like me!!) you are behind a year anyway...so you will be right in style!!! Besides, just buy what you like anyway!!! They also have American, British, and Japanese designers. I think that the American designed clothing was more expensive there than what I can find in the States...so I don't recommend those items as a good buy.
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, accessories...whatever you can find in your size!!
What to pay: 50-70% off of designer retail prices
Zara: Third shop
Now, when it comes to Zara, and if you're a guy; don't do the same mistake as I did in Milan. There is a huge Zara store to the left shortly behind the Duomo, but it's not for you. I ran up and down for four floors, looking for some nice men clothes. And the place was packed as a summer sale...
But there are no men's clothes there...
Instead you should continue a bit further on the outside, where you'll find a small Zara shop, also to your left, with only men clothes. Just one floor, much smaller sortiment, but at least something.
Zara is, if I'm not mistaken, a spanish brand, and I actually found the Zara store in Barcelona much better. There I bought a whole lot of things, and for a good price. A jacket, a shirt and some more clothes.
In Milan instead, since the shop for men is so small, there wasn't much to buy, and I got quite disappointed.
What to buy: I did buy something though. A shirt and a cardigan. Somehow some sort of panic buy, but now when I'm home again I'm quite pleased with them.
Should have tried them on first though, sits a bit too tight maybe... ;)
What to pay: More expensive than I remember from Barcelona, but still "only" 80 euro for both the pieces.
Fashion and leather: The most expensive shops you'll ever see...
... you'll find at Via Monte Napoleone, close to the San Babila.
These shops are exclusive, in the way that you'll find like 1 shoe, one pair of pants, and on shirt in every shop, and if you want to buy all three of them you'll have to pay like 5000 euro...
Well, really that crazy isn't it, but these shops are so famous and expensive that it's actually quite funny to just walk around on this street and look in the windows. Not every day you'll see a pricetag with 5000 euro written on it...
Just make sure you'll leave your creditcard back at the hotel... :-)
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, jewelry for both women and man.
What to pay: More than you make in a year... NOT depending on which work you have... :-)
Il Salvagente: My Favorite Designer Outlet in Milan
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)! ;-))
SPAZIO ARMANI Superstore: For Fans of Giorgio Armani...
Very, very impressive store - including the huge Armani Casa floor. You can find Armani clothes, Armani perfumes, Armani accessories, Armani furnitures and home decor. There are also books, flowers and of course his famous, NOBU Japanese restaurant.
The huge Sony store downstairs is the LARGEST Sony store in the world... and yes, a must-see. I'd wanted to take pics of this whole place (i.e. Armani) but decided against it as it just wasn't a 'cool' thing to do. I'll surely horrify everyone here in Milan!
An absolute must-see/ must-visit boutique located just opposite PRADA Sport on Via Sant'Andrea. MARNI is the cheaper range of clothes designed by the esteemed Giorgio Armani. (Bow down)
What to buy: Everything ARMANI... from clothes to bedspread to shoes! You're definitely in Armani heaven.
What to pay: Don't ask. Just remember to not leave home without your AMEX or Visa card....
TRUSSARDI - Marino Alla Scala: Heavenly TRUSSARDI Multistore
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.
TRUSSARDI's Marino Alla Scala: From The House of TRUSSARDI....
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!
Fashion and leather: More Dash Than Cash In Milan
The following stores are what the Milanese term as Stock Houses and Fashion Outlets. You'll be able to find even cheaper designer clothings and household items here.
Let's begin with....
(via Prina, 11 - tel. 02.3491040).
Located near the RAI TV station, I heard that many Italian VIPs frequent this store, which sells clothing on a wide spectrum of styles varying from elegant to pure chic.
(viale Piemonte, 5 - Cologno Monzese - tel. 02.2541216).
This store resembles Il Salvagente in terms of the wide array of brand names it offers. However, it's located in a suburb. Ah, what the heck... Hail a cab!
(Filati 6, Galleria San Carlo - tel. 0276000829).
Fans of Max Mara (like... ahem... yours truly) go gaga in this place. The store carries ALL Max Mara lines... yes, including Maxsport, Studiomax, etc. You name it, they have it. I loooove this place - and it's not just because I love Max Mara.
(viale Romagna, 19 - tel. 027490502).
This store carries a HUGE selection of designer brand names like Prada and Gucci amongst others. For shoes & accessories afficionadoes, you will go crazy in this place too!
(via Mantegna, 1 - tel. 023490350).
For the cool fashionista who likes-to-look-good-even-on-rainy-days-but-doesn't-want-to-spend-her-whole-paycheck-on-clothes, this store has the answer for you! This place sells very lovely sweaters, including cashmere ones at LOW prices. What are you waiting for? Grab your purse and c'mon over to Spaccio Maglieria.
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