Every ballerina from London to St. Petersburg knows the importance of a quality shoe, and this Milanese outpost has been outfitting La Scala’s ballerinas for years. Those who don’t know their plié from their pirouette, fear not: Porselli make a range of ballerina flats for normal life, and there’s no pre-requisite for being on point.
Profumeria Vecchia Milano
Those dashing about town at the pace of a Versace model may miss this amazingly old-school shop which is an architectural slice of life from the old days of Milan. The selection is impressive and overwhelming; bottles and vases stocked from marble floors to stuccoed ceilings. Insider’s tip: ask for a massage from the little-known treatment rooms in the back.
Foto Veneta Ottica
You already know that Italy is the place for great glasses, but here you can check out the whole history of it. Everything from old-school monocles to 60’s butterfly lenses to modern-day Valentinos– this dense little shop has it all, and will look even better through a fresh pair of frames.
ViBi Venezia at TeaRose
The secret to steering one of Venice’s gondoliers? It’s all in the footwear. Stylish and comfortable, and dating back centuries, these velvet slippers (appropriate for outdoor wear and canal navigation) have become objects of desire thanks to Venetian sisters Viola and Vera Arrivabene, who say these soft shoes are also great for sneaking around a palazzo at night, should those be your needs.
Le Sardine at U Barba
Only the Italians would take the traditional shape and silhouette of the “fisherman’s lunch bag” and repackage it as a cute, totally practical day-to-day handbag. Soft, stripey cotton and sturdy leather handles make this the perfect carry-all for your work gear and equally cool for your seaside stash.
Dressing a child in Milan is not about playtime, so forget leggings and think small plaid suits, pintucked silk dresses, and proper tweed coats. Train that child for a role in the haute bourgeoisie with outfits fine enough that parents can just throw on sweatpants and still look like a success next to their angelic spawn.
This city’s full of architects, but there’s only one who’s designing jewelry that you can take home with you. This Québec transplant combines modernist minimalism and intense craft to make some highly conceptual anti-bling. Treat yourself to one of Jean’s artfully crafted, one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces– preferably in gold. These pieces were made to last a lifetime, after all, and in Milan, you’ve got the chance to visit her only shop in the world, which just opened in 2014.
Casa del Bianco
Pajamas may be the stuff of fashion right now, but in Milan, sleeping in proper PJs is as crucial as eating with a fork. At Casa del Bianco, they know you need the finest fabric and perfect sartorial details to climb into bed at peace, plus these jam jams make a hell of a street style outfit.
Design your custom bike at Rossignoli! You’ll never have the bust of Sophia Loren or the legs of Giovanna Battaglia but you can still look like a CHIC Italian girl-about-town without going under the knife. Head over to Rossignoli and get your butt on a bike. Grab a cute basket for the front and remember to skip the helmut– no one wants hat-head!
Buy some bespoke shoes from Almini! Is there anything sexier than a man who wears perfectly hand-made brogues with a pair of ankle-grazing trousers and… no socks?! We think not. When it comes to outfitting your piedi, head to the holy grail of under-the-radar Italian shoes, Almini. They’ll ensure you get fitted for your handmade pair that can take you from Capri to Hong Kong in 1 pair flat.
Lorenzi by Larusmiani
G. Lorenzi, a.k.a. Heaven for the wellheeled, is back! Thanks to Guglielmo Miani, (the man behind the Montenapoleone Association and the Larusmiani brand) the cutlery empire and go-to spot for the sharpest hosts in town now rests comfortably in heart of the Larusmiani shop with its original stock of 100,000 items. Those in the market for everything from nail clippers to nutcrackers may just skip the next runway show and spend an afternoon fine-tuning their collection.
Stop in and turn your style around – this small Brera boutique manages to stock everything you need, from cool tableware and gift-worthy jewelry to big name and underground designer clothing. Milaura’s also got its very own line of finery– one-ofa-kind pieces designed by Signora Laura herself.
In case shoe shopping in Italy wasn’t indulgent enough for you, you can now get your pastry fix of sweets at the same time in this accessory-emporium-meets-dessert bar. This smart, newly-opened microboutique in the heart of Brera is a win-win for the shoe hoarder with a sweet tooth. Nosh on an over-the-top creamy panna cotta as you tempt yourself with a pair of Giannico stilettos.
Forget your dopp kit? Head on over to the Dimore Studio-designed Aesop shop (the city’s second) to stock up on sweet-smelling creams, balms, and scrubs made from rosemary, geranium leaf, and other treefriendly ingredients. Pastel greens, yellows, and pink echo a totally dreamy (and super clean), Art Deco fantasyland.
Chic shopping alert! The former office of architect Gae Aulenti has been transformed into a 5-floor boutique of Massimo Piombo’s Milanese peacock style for ladies and gents. Besides the impeccably made and boldly patterned clothing on display, the fully saturated décor complete with plenty of objets trouvés and tropical plants galore will make you wish you could move right in.
Did you get the memo last season about Marni’s new Milan boutique? Tucked away behind a discreet courtyard on Montenapoleone, the new shop, designed by Consuelo Castiglioni and architect Luz Maria Jaramillo is just as cool and discreet as the old one. But now there are two giant floors to show off Marni’s tastefully quirky, off-kilter clothes.