The best shopping in Milan
When shopping in Milan, do as many of the chicest Milanese do and seek out cut-price designer style at the city’s many discount fashion stores. These treasure troves are packed full of end-of-season shop and warehouse returns, stock from boutiques that have closed down and some factory seconds – though even at discounts of 50-70 per cent, the price tags can still provoke the occasional ‘Ouch!’ Refunds are pretty much unheard of, so try before you buy.
Among Milan’s best-known and longest-established outlets is Il Salvagente (The Lifesaver), which has three floors of top stuff for men and women, all carefully arranged by size and colour, with discounts of up to 60% off most big brands.
Equally worthwhile bargains can be found at the more centrally-located Dmagazine Outlets, wedged between the full-price stores on two of the city’s main shopping drags. Be prepared to dig deep: you might find pricey women’s lines for as little as 20 per cent of their original value. A third branch opened recently in the navigli zone.
‘Vogue’ readers on a budget should visit the 10 Corso Como Outlet, a slightly shabbier version of the über cool original store, with endless racks of mostly black clothes by Helmut Lang, Chloé, Comme des Garçons et al. But even with prices slashed by half, it’s not exactly cheap.
A newcomer in the Navigli area is Bivio, a super-cool swap shop where the city’s fashionistas come to trade in last season’s looks. Swapping isn’t obligatory, however, and most customers come here to swoop up the It Girls cast-offs from the carefully-edited, on-trend racks.
Shopping and style details
Il Salvagente Via Fratelli Bronzetti 16. +39 02 7611 0328.
Dmagazine Via Manzoni 44. +39 02 3651 4365.
10 Corso Como Outlet Via Tazzoli 3. +39 02 2901 5130.
Bivio Via Gian Giacomo Mora 4. +39 02 5810 8691.