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Hi. I'm going to Milan in a few weeks and I was hoping some of you guys here could give me some advice on where to shop. I'm interested in where to buy quality shirts and suits. Quality = no fused suits. Anything from Corneliani/Canali up to Brioni/Kiton et. al. Are there any factory outlets in Milan or the vicinity? Thanks. /Mr S
post #2 of 11
To answer your question on outlet stores, I've heard 10 Corso Como (one of the top stores in town) has an outlet/sale type store somewhere in Milan but I haven't been there. However, there is a great outlet mall in Mendrisio, about 50 km from Milan.  I don't know how useful it would be for high-end tailored clothing, but they have just about every Italian designer under the sun. As far as regular stores in Milan, you won't have any trouble finding great shopping, all of the stores are generally in the same area, so just wander down via Montenapoleone and via Spiga and have fun.
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i was most recently in milan in june as well as mendrisio (which is in switzerland) and yes there are a tonne of outlets in the northern area of italy as well as several outlet mall complexes  (the mendrisio outlet is only a 45 minute train ride north of milano and costs about 30 roundtrip in first class) i have a list (albeit at home) and will try to locate it and post it - most are not in milano proper, but are on the outskirts for example, there is an etro outlet in milan (via spartaco i believe) right next to their headquarters, tonnes of shirts, ties and casual wear and fabric but no suits, however, the etro outlet in mendrisio has suits the outlet in mendrisio does have a good mix, there is a loro piana for example, here is their website www.foxtown.ch and click on the mendrisio location i am not aware of the 10 corso como outlet, i must of missed that one but 10 corso como is interesting, similar to colette in paris however, as bryce mentioned, if you hit the golden triangle (or sometimes called the golden quadrangle) you'll hit every major and minor italian and european fashion house you can think of (you know the area by the brioni sponsored clocks on all the street corners)
post #4 of 11
could we get some pix from this trip? I've heard the Brioni store in milan is something to see, and the Dolce and Gabbana store is supposed to be spectacular (with a grand barber shop, be sure to get a shave and haircut.)
post #5 of 11
Actually... from Milan you can get a train (pay an extra 10 Euro for 1st class) and go to Foxtown over the Swiss border. (is that what you folks meant??) Milan has a very good shoe outlet worth checking out. The best idea is to stay on a Saturday and hit the outdoor market.  I found a Luciano Barbera suit there for 275 Euros back in July in one of them and while hit/miss there is always something grand to be had. Via Spiga is good window shopping.   True story:  While we were riding the subway in Milan earlier this year a gypsy beggar went through her shpiel and then walked the train with her cup out... we nearly died when we noticed her bag - Prada.  ...had to be a knockoff but funny as can be. Suggestion?  Milan is our least favorite place to stay in Italy (Naples a tie) BUT it is a 30 minute train ride to Como which is VERY charming and scenic - the silk museum is a must see there and there is good shopping.  Bellagio across the lake is beautiful at night.  When are you going? We'll be in Como the last weekend in January and would love to have dinner with ya.
post #6 of 11
My suggestions: For upscale shopping, you can't beat the Golden Triangle/Montenpo area, which is basically via Montenapoleone, and it's parallel road via della Spiga, plus the crossroad via Gesu and also via Verri. You'll find Zegna, Brioni, Tincati et al. there. Via Manzoni which borders the Montapo area (if you are in front of La Scala, the road going to the left is Manzoni) is not too bad a place to shop too. There is a B. Magli store there on the right, and just behind it is the outlet.. The shoes that are carried are not just the thin slip ons, but the chunkier oxford/derby types, also some leather clothes (e.g, my wife picked up a nubuck pants for about Euro 60). Other nice menswear stores is Eddy Monetti (good quality RTW/MTM suits) on Piazza san Babila, Milan Store (for your fix of Incotex and Loro Piana pants) which is near Monetti. For outlets, there is of course Etro, plus Il Salvagente (Via Fratelli Bronzetti 16), Vestistock (viale Romagna), El Dorado (via Montenapoleone 26). Also the area around the main train station is a good outlet area (ingrosso). Remember that most of these outlets are more "fashionable" clothes, not the classic Kiton/Brioni/Attolini styles. I agree with Carlo, the Saturday/Tuesday market on the Viale Papiniano is great (make sure you end up towards the clothing area, not towards the kitchen,etc area). Selections are varied and yes you can luck out on Kiton/Brioni/Borrelli/Zegna etc. Just make very sure you know the real thing from a fake. Como is great for silks and the silk outlets: Mantero, Ratti, Seterie Moretti. At Ratti (it is on via cernobbio, check the phone books) you can get excellent ties for about Euro 25 upwards (e.g Escada 7 folds for about Euro 50 on sale).
post #7 of 11
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Hi again. I want to thank you for all your great replies. The Foxx: I can't promise you any pictures, but I'll see what I can do. Maybe, just maybe, I could take some pictures. Carlo: I'll be in Milan in February. Actually, I'll be staying in Bergamo, but I do have plans to go to Como as well. /Mr S
post #8 of 11
I didn't find the Etro outlet sotre in Milan is it near the centre? Went to the one in Foxtown, that was great.
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if anyone can add outlets near rome, florence or venice, that would be appreciated as I am planning to go there in the near future.
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I didn't find the Etro outlet sotre in Milan is it near the centre? Went to the one in Foxtown, that was great.

It's in Via Spartaco, directly in front of the Etro-headquaters, which is in Via Spartaco, 3, 20135 Milano. The usual Etro stuff.
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