I live 3 hours from Milan, in Switzerland, and go there at least twice per year just for the sales.
I spent last week 2 days of shopping in Milan and a few hours in Como. In Milan was terribly hot (about 35 degrees), the shops were not crowded, although plenty of good deals - the end of the sales period. Next day I went to Como, close the to Switzerland border.
I bought more casual clothes and shoes this time, hope to have the time to give a full report and some pics.
Some of the stuff I bought in Milan:
Boglioli cotton/linen coat - Trevisan & Co, Corso Genova, 20
Allegri coat and sport jacket - C.so Venezia, 15
Buttero sneakers - Corso Garibaldi 113
Incotex, Cucinelli, Lanvin - Gio Moretti, via della Spiga 4 (in front of Car Shoe shop)
Jacob Cohen jeans - Rinascente department store
Shirt at Bardelli, Corso magenta 13 (more traditional shop, good prices for sport jackets)
Rinascente is a big multi brands store with inflated prices, but it's nice to check lots of brands (Slowear opened a corner last year there). Same for Brian and Barry,
which is 2 minutes walk from Duomo.
In Como I checked Tessabit, they have about 10 shops in this small town, only 2 interesting for menswear (main one in Via Milano, the other on Vittorio Emanuele). The main shop has Finamore, Boglioli, Borelli and plenty of other Italian brands.
Best outlet in town is Il Salvagente
, but during this period was in renovation, so very limited selection.
There are plenty good restaurants and tourist traps in the center. The best shop for food (either sandwich, take-away, olive oil, cheese, ham or fancy, or alternatively a fancy, expensive restaurant) in the center is Peck
I found a fashion magazine with a book (The black book of retail 2012
, available freely online
) that lists interesting shops (from trendy brands to more traditional), about 17 addresses in Milan
You should also use the search function, there are a few good threads about Milan with addresses. If you are more specific on your interests, you can get better recommendations.Edited by clausc - 8/5/12 at 3:05pm