Milan

The premiere stop for affordable designer goods is also home to an unexpectedly rich array of boutiques and elegant vintage shops.

porta ticinese & surroundings

Lucy's favorite stores in Milan's Porta Ticinese & surroundings neighborhood!

B-fly

Levi's operates a handful of experimental denim shops in the world's fashion capitals, and this is Milan's outpost. Here you'll find deconstructed and often asymmetrically cut jeans, skirts, and jackets. Prices hover upwards of $100, but keep in mind: Many of the pieces are one-off creations.
46 Corso di Porta Ticinese, 39-02-89-42-31-78
Products: Denim, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

cavalli and nastri

Favored by local stylists, this vintage shop-it even has a wood-burning stove-is the perfect place to pick up a Pucci slip or Missoni sweater. Currently '70s-era Yves Saint Laurent is heavily represented (a gorgeous Russian peasant-style top cost $390).
Another Cavalli and Nastri location is on Via Brera. 9 Via de Amicis and 2 Via Brera, 89-40-94-52 and 39-02-72-00-04-49
Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Vintage
Type of Store: Boutique

frip

This urban clothing shop stocks hip vinyl by fringe Euro bands and garments with clean lines by Swedish and Brit designers. Our favorite picks included flutter-sleeve tops screened with lacy embellishments by For Design Sake ($100) and pointy-toe flats ($130) by Xenos.
16 Corso di Porta Ticinese, 39-02-83-21-36-0
Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Katabaia

Beachy accessories from India and Southeast Asia are in abundance here at prices far cheaper than you'll find in the States. We couldn't resist the crocheted cotton bikinis in a rainbow of colors ($15 each), beaded rubber flip-flops ($10), and chunky carved ebony-wood rings ($5 to $10). Even better, finds like these will take up zero room in your suitcase going home.
6 Corso di Porta Ticinese, 39-02-89-42-27-84
Products: Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

liberia della moda

When designers need inspiration, they head to this fashion-focused bookshop to poke through the array of volumes covering everything from Moroccan textiles to Donatella Versace. The selection of 'zines is equally stellar. Bonus: Almost all the books are in English.
4/12 Via Gian Giacomo Mora, 39-02-89-42-39-88
Products: Books/Stationery
Type of Store: Boutique

napoleone

Tucked away on a tiny back street, this vintage destination features prices rivaling those at thrift stores (nothing tops $15). Pair that with a great selection of Indian-printed blouses, groovy '60s wrap skirts and you'll be eternally thankful you visited.
5 Via degli Arcimboldi, 39-02-87-52-23
Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage
Type of Store: Boutique

naviglio grande and viale papiniano markets

The Naviglio Grande is a much anticipated flea market that materializes on the last Sunday of the month. Expect a mad mix of antiques, vintage clothing, and the occasional oddball piece (like, say, a paint-by-number version of The Last Supper). As for the Viale Papiniano, it's a weekly Saturday-and Tuesday-morning fixture. With minimal effort, we found a Venetian-lace shawl for $25.
Naviglio Grande: along the banks of the Naviglio Grande from Viale Gorizia to Via Valenza; Papiniano: runs the length of Viale Papiniano
Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Vintage, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Antique, Linen, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Fair/ Flea Market

spazio 29

Fairly priced vintage clothing, like funky striped dolman-sleeve tees ($25) and wildly printed Indian tunics, keeps local hipsters coming back. The occasional showpiece item can be expensive ('70s top-and-skirt set), but worth it.
56 corson di Porta Ticinese, 39-02-83-61-76-2
Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage
Type of Store: Boutique

rivendita

Everything in this shop is thoroughly modern, yet harkens to a more glamorous era. When we stopped in, we saw a sock hop-worthy salmon-colored cardigan and gorgeous Old Hollywood-looking cream leather sandals by LeFlesh.
19 Via Arena, 39-02-83-24-14-36
Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique
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