Milan is among four main fashion capitals. Many would say that you have not shopped until you shopped here. Whether you are seeking essential daywear or glamorous evening clothes, Milan’s fashion streets, home of Italian and international designers, host breath-taking luxury stores filled with high-fashion treasures, and international retail chains that take their inspirations usually straight from the streets, offering innovative and upcoming trends.
Milan has one main shopping area, a square made up of the following streets: Via della Spiga, Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni and Via Sant ’Andrea. They form what is called the Quadrilatero d'Oro (the rectangle of gold).
Apart from being really close to each other, each of these streets are packed with large international chains that take their inspirations straight from the streets, offering innovative and upcoming trends at accessible prices. We can describe all collections in three simple words: Young, Business and Trendy. These shops are very well-stocked but often crowded during sales.
Milan is also home to the stunning Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II where you may have an intimate shopping experience in individual boutiques of brands such as Prada, Versace, Luisa Spagnoli, Borsalino, where you will find different interpretations of the looks of the moment as well as handmade hats and gloves for every occasion
The next must shopping stop is Corso Como where you may find chic conceptual design stores, which houses the designers who are setting the current trends such as Anteprima, 10 Corso Como, Alain Mikli, Puerco Espin, Fiorella Ciaboco Atelier, Boule de Neige, Sadogy.
If you decide to visit Corso Porta Ticiese, a street that runs all the way from Colonne di San Lorenzo until Piazza XXIV Maggio, you will notice a sharp change, as you enter the “alternative zone”. This shopping zone, dominated by street-wear boutiques, also offers many vintage shops, enriched with unique design, flagship stores and sports shops where you may find special and limited editions that are usually unavailable in other common stores in the city.