The premiere stop for affordable designer goods is also home to an unexpectedly rich array of boutiques and elegant vintage shops.
Milan is home to so many historic fashion houses, but one up-and-coming designer I’m really excited about is Massimo Giorgetti of MSGM. We met early in our careers and have been friends ever since—we bring each other good luck.
Via Ponte Vetero 9, 39-02-3659-5680
Peruse bags and jewelry at Lipstick Vintage. I found the most amazing Chanel brooches there—I almost always have one pinned to my jacket.
Corso Garibaldi 79, 39-02-6208-6165
When friends are visiting Italy for the first time I’ll take them to Cantina della Vetra for dinner. It’s very, very Italian—a really traditional dining experience. The gnocco fritto (fried bread) is a must-order, and you can’t go wrong with any of the pastas.
Via Pio IV 3, 39-02-8940-3843
Get a scoop of delicious (and so photogenic) gelato at Amorino. The cones are designed to look like roses.
Via Fiori Chiari 9, 39-02-9153-2598
When it comes to nightlife, Plastic is really the place to be. Everyone who works in fashion goes, and you see such interesting creative types. The people-watching alone is worth it!
Via Gargano 15
Navigli is one of my favorite areas in the city. It’s super-beautiful! Stroll along the canals and then pop into Antonioli, a concept store that carries brands like Ann Demeulemeester and Rick Owens.
Via Pasquale Paoli 1, 39-02-3656-6494
Shop a well-edited selection of luxury labels at Antonia—you’ll find everything from Givenchy to Céline to Printemps.
Via Cusani 5, 39-02-8699-8340
46 Corso di Porta Ticinese, 39-02-89-42-31-78
Products: Denim, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique