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Milan shopping

For the pinnacle of shopping experiences, it has to be Milan. Nowhere else does one find that critical mass of major-brand flagship stores, multilabel emporia, and quirky style mavericks. Another advantage is that it's all so close at hand: Every brand that's any brand will have a foothold in the Quadrilatero d'Oro, the "golden rectangle" northeast of the Duomo, formed by the long parallel arteries of Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga and the streets in between (Via Santo Spirito, Via del Gesù, Via Sant'Andrea). Armani, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Versace, Ferragamo, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferré, Roberto Cavalli, MaxMara, Trussardi, Alberta Ferretti—they're all here, alongside new kids on the block like Alberto Aspesi and Viktor & Rolf (whose upside-down boutique on Via Sant'Andrea needs to be seen to be believed). Most shops are open 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, though some are closed on Monday morning. (Sunday openings are still a rarity except during the sales in January and July.) Budget-conscious shoppers should check out the city's stock houses, which offer last season's clothing at last decade's prices. Of course, shopping in Milan is not just about fashion: The regional capital of Lombardy is also Italy's furniture design hub—a status that is celebrated not only by the slew of cutting-edge design stores around Via Durini and Corso Europa but also by the organized madness of the Furniture Fair in mid-April, when shows and parties take over the entire city. For the main fashion-industry dates, see Fact Sheet.

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10 Corso Como, Milan

Milan's original multibrand fashion store—with the accent on original. Owner Carla Sozzani, sister of Italian Vogue editor-in-chief Franca, has stamped...more

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Antonia, Milan

Antonia Giaenti strides into the forest of fashion on our behalf and comes out with an exquisitely edited selection, which goes on display in her elegant but...more

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Factory Outlets, Serravalle Scrivia

Like Florence, Milan has a few out-of-town fashion outlet malls. One of the most popular is Italy's first outlet village, Serravalle Designer Outlet, around 55...more

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High-Tech, Milan

A sort of homegrown Milanese IKEA, High-Tech is a huge furniture, homeware, and stationery emporium housed in the Corriere della Sera newspaper's former ink...more

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La Vetrina di Beryl, Milan

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but this cramped emporium is a shoe-fetishist's dream. If you know about shoes, you'll know that the selection here...more

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Lorenzi, Milan

It comes as a bit of a surprise to find this venerable coltellinaio (knifemaker) in the middle of the fashion strip of Via Montenapoleone. But Lorenzi, which...more

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Peck, Milan

One of Italy's great delis, Peck has been tempting local gourmets since 1883 with its hanging ham displays, Parmesan mountains, and shelves stacked high with...more

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Sacchi, Milan

No frills, no extras, just gloves of every style, color, and size. Leather, suede, chamois-lined, cashmere-lined: You name it, they have it, in this tiny...more

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Stock Houses, Milan

In Milan, even top models use the stock houses, the city's discount fashion barns, which are the final resting place of many of last season's unsold garments...more

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