Milan

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

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When you want to load up on luxury goods but don't have time to visit each designer boutique, head to this shop. It offers an edited selection of the best European designers have to offer: handbags from Hogan, shoes by John Galliano, and tops by Pucci, to name a few. Think of it as one-stop shopping when you're on a tight schedule.
8a Via S. Andrea, 39-02-76-00-46-09
Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

fiorucci

Buzzing with energy, this famous megacenter consists of individual boutiques selling everything from lace-trimmed tap pants ($20) to limited-edition Le Coq Sportif sneakers ($90). Bonus: Fiorucci stays open later than most shops in town—until 8 PM.
2 Galleria Passarella, 39-02-76-45-21
Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

sermoneta

This boutique sells super supple, high-quality leather gloves in every color of the rainbow-and at amazingly low prices. Choose a silk lining and the gloves cost around $30; a cashmere lining brings the price up a few extra dollars. We went home with a $28 pair of fingerless driving gloves.
46 Via della Spiaga, 39-02-76-31-83-03
Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

limoni best

Milan is loaded with "profumerio" shops that sell brand-name cosmetics and fragrances. This chain is the best, offering such items as Lolita Lempicka eau de toilette and Perlier shower gels for far less than you'd pay in the States. Don't miss the section of inexpensive Italian mass-market grooming products, like Marvis toothpaste and Labello Rose lip balm.
4 Galleria del Corso, 39-02-78-37-85
Products: Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Patrizia Pepe

Italians love this Florence-based designer for her ability to produce high-quality, trend-nailing garments-at fair prices. We found great-fitting wide-leg trousers for $120, terrific band-leather-style denim jackets for about $150, and crisp blouses starting at $65.
38 Via Manzoni, 39-02-76-01-44-77
Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

estate

This outlet of high-end megaboutique Corso Como offers a slew of discounted goods by designers like Costume National, Marc Jacobs, and Fendi. Saturdays only.
3 Via Tazzoli, 39-02-29-01-51-30
Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Outlet

fashion factory

A long trek from the center of town, this outlet shop has a constantly changing stock (including a ton of Helmut Lang, and Miu Miu shoes for $50, on our visit) that will make up for the hassle of getting there.
36 Via Zumbini, 39-02-89-15-90-68
Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Outlet

fix town factory stores

Take a 45-minute train ride up to Switzerland to shop at this mind-blowing outlet mall complete with Gucci, Prada, Missoni, Helmut Lang, Hanro, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana. The prices are right, too: All the shoes in the Gucci outlet, for example, were $35 when we visited.
18 Via A. Maspoli, Mendrisio, Switzerland, 41-848-828-888
Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Outlet

Il Salvagente

Tons of tightly packed racks offer drastically discounted clothing from big-name European designers like Chloe (we spied a terry-cloth top for $50) and Balenciaga (a silk chiffon gypsy blouse was temptingly priced at $200). The whole Il Salvangente shopping experience feels like a sample sale-but without all of those maddening crowds.
16 Via Fratelli Bronzetti, 39-02-76-11-03-28
Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Designer Discount
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