ABERCROMBIE&FITCH—Hoodies or garments for cool girls and guys: casual, high-quality apparel brimming with enough personality to have been dubbed a “lifestyle brand”. In the US, the Abercrombie & Fitch phenomenon dates back to the sixties while, in Europe, the fad started just a few years ago. In October, 2009, following the inauguration of its new flagship store in Milan, in the very heart of the fashion centre, there was a queue for days! Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun noon-8pm. www.abercrombie.com. Corso Matteotti, 12. T: 800 977839 (accessible only from Italian numbers) M1 San Babila.
AGNONA—Since 1953, its philosophy has been based on the quality of its raw materials which are always and only the very best. Agnona’s expertise in textiles has resulted in the creation of chic, easy-to-wear women’s knitwear and prêt-a-porter collections which are always enhanced by new and surprising variations. In addition to accessories, it also produces a home collection which includes throws, blankets, cushions, housecoats and slippers all made from the finest textiles. Open Mon-Sun 10am-7pm. www. agnona.it. Via Montenapoleone, 21. T: 02 76316530. M3 Montenapoleone. Closed from 7 to 21 August.
ANIMAL HOUSE—Contemporary menswear stocking a wide selection of international brands – Blauer, Blundstone, Shoes, B.D. Baggies, Ganesh, Hartford – at this store created as an offshoot of Host (see listing). Animal House is gradually becoming a new destination address for men in the know. Open Mon 3pm-7.30pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7.30pm. Via A. Saffi, 7. T: 02 4694900. M1 Conciliazione, M1-M2 Cadorna. Closed from 7 to 28 August.
ANTONIA BOUTIQUE—In the heart of Milan, Antonia Giacinti offers a tasteful, elegant selection of the best clothing and accessory collections. A perfect blend of renowned luxury brands and emerging designer labels. A real reference point for those in search of simple, sophisticated garments featuring a contemporary though timeless look. Two locations (Boutique and Accessories: Via Ponte Vetero, 1 corner of via Cusani; Man: Via Ponte Vetero, 9 corner of via Sacchi). Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sun 10am-7pm. www.antonia.it. Via Ponte Vetero, 1. T: 02 86998340. M2 Lanza. Closed from 1 to 25 August.
ASPESI—Likes to define its style as “ basic, with a twist”. The cult brand, created in 1990 by fashion veteran Alberto Aspesi, features quirky, tailored lines, elegant details and natural materials. His current collections are still based on the original “no-frills” philosophy and will appeal to all those who like their outerwear without flashy labels. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www.aspesi.it. Via Montenapoleone, 13. T: 02 76022478. M1 San Babila, M3 Montenapoleone. Closed from 7 to 22 August.
AVIREX—Avirex line coherently boasts a complete men’s wardrobe and range of accessories based on American style. Every piece is designed to fit into modern life, blue and kaki are the basic colours, new materials are used for classic evergreens. A note for the eyes. the design of the store is really something. Open Mon 3.30pm-7.30pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7.30pm. www.avirex.it. Corso Europa, 13 T: 02 97383193. M1 San Babila. Closed from 15 to 20 August. Corso di Porta Romana, 58 T: 02 780948. M3 Crocetta. Closed from 8 to 20 August.
BALLANTYNE—Unique, impeccable, contemporary creations featuring a British-style flavour. All items are hand-made according to a complex artisanal procedure based on over 100 years of experience. A premier producer of cashmere knitwear it also sells jackets, trousers and skirts with particular attention to patterns (including the famous diamond-shaped ones) and colours, available in as many as 50 different exclusive shades. Open Mon-Sat 10am- 7pm. www.ballantyne.it. Via Sant’Andrea 10/A. T: 02 76017060. M1 San Babila. Closed from 13 to 22 August.
BARDELLI—Founded in 1941 as a hat shop, Bardelli’s gradually grew to become the elegant emporium that it is today. Specializing in “cashmere, cotton and silk”, it is housed in a nineteenth century palazzo and offers a range of beautiful men and women’s collections including suits, shoes, knitwear, textiles for the home and marvellous accessories. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7.30pm. www.mbardelli. com. Corso Magenta, 13. T: 02 86450734. M1-M2 Cadorna. Closed from 8 to 20 August.
BEL BOUTIQUE—This elegant, centrally located Milanese boutique stocks international designer labels. Clothing, footwear and accessories for women and children. Always in search of new styles, it anticipates fashion trends to offer its clientele unusual garments that make the difference. Designer labels sold inc Herno and Michael Kors. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 10am- 1.30pm/3pm-7pm. Via S. Damiano, 2 corner of corso Monforte. T: 02 794489. M1 San Babila. Closed from 8 to 27 August.
BOGGI—“Being elegant and feeling at ease on any occasion, expressing one’s personality with distinction”. This is the philosophy of Boggi, a real institution in the panorama of male elegance worldwide. It also boasts numerous sales points scattered throughout the city (piazza San Babila, corso Vercelli, corso Buenos Aires, Porta Romana, corso Como, largo Augusto, via Maddalena, Galleria Passarella) and at the airports (Linate e Malpensa). Open Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm; Sun 10.30am-1.30/3pm- 7.30pm. www.boggi.it. Piazza San Babila, 3. T: 02 76000366. M1 San Babila. Closed on 15 and 16 August.
BRIAN & BARRY—Despite its name, this is a wholly Italian brand. It has a series of multi-brand boutiques with various sales points in Milan (via Durini, corso Vercelli-Women, corso Buenos Aires-Men&Women). It carries classic and casual men and women’s wear. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm; Sun 10.30am- 1.30pm/3pm-7.30pm. www.brianebarry.it. Via Durini, 28. T: 02 76005582. M1 San Babila.
BROOKS BROTHERS—The symbol of male elegance since 1818, this American clothing and accessories brand is distinguished by high quality and sartorial tradition. Known since its inception for its shirting, it all began in the early 20th century with a new line of button down shirts, inspired by those worn by British polo players and currently one of the hallmark features of the brand. For men and women in search of a total look exuding casual elegance. Open Mon- Sat 10.30am-7.30pm. www.brooksbrothers.com. Via San Pietro all’Orto, 10. T: 02 76018081. M1 San Babila. Closed from 14 to 16 August.
BROOKSFIELD—Established in 1971, by Umberto Maria Montasterolo as a brand of men’s trousers, in just a few years it achieved total look status combining the quality of Made-in-Italy with a refined British-style imprint. Its flagship store for men and women was founded in 1995, in the heart of the fashion quad. Open: Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www. brooksfield.com. Corso Venezia, 12. T: 02 76006242. M1 Porta Venezia. Closed from 15 to 21 August.
CHICCHI GINEPRI—Chicchi Ginepri has three stores in Milan of which only one carries both men and women’s clothing (via Manin, viale Murillo and, only for women, piazzale G. De Agostini). It stocks most of the main designer labels including footwear and accessories. Open Mon-Sat 10am- 2pm/3pm-7pm. www.chicchiginepri.it. Via D. Manin, 13. T: 02 6597956. M3 Turati. Closed from 12 to 28 August.
CORNELIANI—The company manufactures hand-finished clothing and accessories for men, a blend of sartorial perfection, tradition and sophistication. Classic and contemporary male elegance with no frills. Its fabrics are made from the noblest yarns and the boutique offers a “bespoke” service for those in search of unique, personalized garments. Open Mon-Sat 10.30am- 7pm. www.corneliani.it. Via Montenapoleone, 26. T: 02 76317955. M3 Montenapoleone. Closed on 15 and 16 August.
DIESEL PLANET—A wholly Italian cult brand, invented by Renzo Rosso and famed throughout the world for its quality, creativity and slightly quirky air. A favourite with young people of all ages. Among its several sales points, worth particular note is its giga-store in San Babila. Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am- 20pm. www.diesel.com. Piazza San Babila, 1/3. T: 02 76396762. M1 San Babila.
ELEONORA SCARAMUCCI—Starting with its shop windows, the Eleonora Scaramucci store delights the eyes of passersby with its selection of refined international women’s wear. Also stocks its own “total look” brand name. In September, 2009, Scaramucci opened her own outlet, just a short distance from the store. Shop hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm. Outlet hours: Tues-Sat 10am- 1.30pm/3.30pm-7pm. www.eleonorascaramucci. com. Via Dell’Orso, 1. T: 02 8052216. M1 Cairoli. Closed from 8 to 28 August
ELIANE—A fashion store dedicated to original, edgy fashions for the younger woman. It carries all the best brands popular with the under 40’s but not only. Its other shops are located in via Monti, via Lorenteggio, corso Genova. The courtyard adjacent to its via Belfiore location houses an outlet for bargain hunters. Open Mon 3pm- 7.30pm; Tues-Sun 10am-1.30pm/3pm-7.30pm. www.eliane.it. Via Belfiore, 7. T: 02 4692121. M1 Wagner, M1 Pagano. Closed from 8 to 21 August.
GEMELLI—Established in 1927, this upscale shop is a part of Milan’s history. Over the years, it has stocked every major designer label and now offers its own collection which reflects Milanese style to perfection. Famed for its cashmere knitwear, Gemelli boasts a women’s and men’s fashion boutique with two adjacent shops for children and sportswear. Just across the road, you can find the Kid’s store Gemellino and “Country Club”, a shop specialized in sportswear, a “country club” boutique and a section dedicated exclusively to socks. Open Mon 3pm-7.30pm; Tues-Sat 10am-1.30pm/3pm-7.30pm. www.gemelli.it. Corso Vercelli, 16. T: 02 48000057. M1 Pagano, M1 Conciliazione. Closed from 8 to 27 August.
GUESS—All-American looks with a uniquely European attention to detail. Though jeans represent the cornerstone of the company’s history and success, today Guess also designs, markets and distributes complete clothing collections for men, women and children. Innovative lines featuring lots of denim for a strong, trendy, personality-filled look. Two locations (corso Buenos Aires, 36 corner of via Melzo; via Dante, 7). Open Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm; Sun 12am-7.30pm. www.guess.com. Via Dante, 7. T: 02 72094530. M1 Cordusio. Closed on 15 August.
HENRY COTTON’S—One of the best-known names in leisure wear, the new, Milan-based boutique, designed by Anouska Hempel, is spread out over 3 floors and furnished with custom-built furniture inspired by travel and sport. Scattered throughout the store are leather trunks, chromed metal cases, hockey sticks, wooden skis, boxing gloves and sports trophies. A strong reference to the British heritage of the brand, which draws inspiration from the classic Anglo-American lifestyle. Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-7.30pm; Sun 11am-2pm/3pm-7pm. www. henrycottons.it. Corso Venezia, 7. T: 02 76028319. M1 San Babila. Closed from 7 to 21 August.
ICEBERG—A brand with a strong identity, Iceberg is known for its simple, tailored, elegant style designed for dynamic fashion-conscious individuals. Chic sportswear with couture undertones. Men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, perfumes, homeware and children’s clothing from 12 months to 12 years. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www. iceberg.com. Via Montenapoleone, 10. T: 02 782385. M1 San Babila. Closed from 14 to 21 August.
LA TENDA—The first sales point of this group was established in 1965 and is an institution of luxury multi-brand labels on the Milanese scene. Its boutiques (in addition to its first via Plinio location, it has two other shops, this one in Brera and the other in via Pagano) offer a vast and carefully chosen selection of women’s collections. Open Mon 11am- 7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www.latendamilano. com. Via Solferino corner of via Ancona T: 02 6575804. M2 Moscova. Closed from 1 to 23 August.
LARUSMIANI CONCEPT BOUTIQUE —An expression of timeless style and a leitmotif of sophisticated elegance located in the heart of Milan’s fashion quad in the now completely renovated historic store opened in 1954. A Concept Boutique extending over 700 sq.m. on three floors, it oozes simplicity and understated luxury, reflecting the subtlety of its sumptuous apparel. The perfect place to build your wardrobe with exclusive pieces. Larusmiani takes luxury retail to a new level. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm; Sun 10.30am- 1.30pm/2.30pm-7pm. www.larusmiani.it. Via Montenapoleone, 7. T: 02 76006957. M1 San Babila.
LUISA BECCARIA—A brand boasting an unmistakable, romantic and feminine style. Highfashion and prêt-a-porter collections, painstaking attention to detail and artisan embroidery represent Italian fashion throughout the world. For women who believe that femininity is a plus to be flaunted and worn on a daily basis. Also stocks bridal gowns and children’s clothing. Open Mon 3pm-7.30pm; Tues-Fri 10am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-7pm. Open every third Sunday of the month. www. luisabeccaria.it. Via M. Formentini, 1. T: 02 8638071. M2 Lanza. Closed from 8 to 20 August.
LUISA SPAGNOLI—Historic Italian company and a leader in the fashion and clothing industry. An excellent source for elegant, classical and contemporary styles and accessories. The store has several branches scattered throughout Milan (corso Buenos Aires, 39; corso Vittorio Emanuele – Galleria S. Carlo; Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, 69; corso Vercelli, 35; corso XXII Marzo, 5). Open Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm; Sun 11am-7pm. www.luisaspagnoli.it. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, 69. T: 02 8057577. M1-M3 Duomo.
MARNI—Founded by the sportswear genius, Consuelo Castiglioni and a hot favourite with pop stars and celebrities, Marni specializes in romantic, edgy collections boasting a sartorial cut. Its eclectic accessories and cool quirky spirit have made Marni one of Milan’s hottest tickets and earned Castiglioni a loyal following of fashion insiders. Give your wardrobe an instant shot of Marni chic with eyecatching handbags, glamorous footwear, exotic costume jewellery and eyewear. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm. www.marni-international.com. Via della Spiga, 50. T: 02 76317327. M3 Montenapoleone. Closed from 13 to 16 August.
MAX MARA—An Italian fashion house known for its ready-to-wear clothing. Established in 1951, since its inception, Max Mara has always offered clean-cut, beautifully tailored lines. Although it has numerous sales points scattered throughout Milan, Italy and the rest of the world, it is not a chain store but rather a real designer label. Open Mon-Sat 10am- 7.30pm; Sun 10.30am-7.30pm. www.maxmara.com. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. T: 02 76008849. M1-M3 Duomo, M1 San Babila.
MISS SIXTY—The young, trendy and edgy style of Miss Sixty, an Italian brand known throughout the world, has been defined by fashionistas as “streetchic”. Particularly appreciated for the wide offer of denims with a unique, original style, the collections distinguish themselves for their feminine, seductive, contemporary and ironic style. A hot favourite with teenagers. Two stores in Milan (via Montenapoleone, via Solferino). Open Mon-Sun 10am-7.30pm. www. misssixty.com. Via Montenapoleone, 27. T: 02 76390698. M3 Montenapoleone.
MONCLER—Boutique and home to the famous “puffer” jackets, in addition to the lines of its main sportswear collection that combine the style of haute couture with superior-quality materials that have made Moncler a leading name in winter outerwear. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-1pm/3pm-7pm. www. moncler.com. Via della Spiga, 7. T: 02 76025913. M1 San Babila.
NADINE—Inaugurated in 1990 and based on an idea by two young entrepreneurs, Clemente and Alberto Halfon, Nadine Fashion stands for elegance and attention to new trends. Its six stores, scattered throughout the city, from Corso Vittorio Emanuele to Corso Vercelli, offer a wide range of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories, specially designed to suit the everyday needs of the dynamic woman. Continually updated collections and attention to detail ensure glam, superior quality garments suitable for all occasions. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-8.30pm. www. nadinefashiongroup.it. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 34. T: 02 76009028. M1-M3 Duomo, M1 San Babila.
NEGLIA—An historic clothing shop in the heart of Milan, just a short distance from San Babila. Designer clothing for men and women, footwear and accessories. Open Mon 2pm-7.30pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7.30pm. Via E. Noe, 23. T: 02 2362514. M2 Piola. Closed from 8 to 21 August.
PATRIZIA PEPE—Urban fashion for fast moving girls. Elegant, contemporary clothing and accessories featuring practical, original details. For a look suited to all occasions, from leisure wear to evening wear. Curvy cuts, clever colours and beautifully refined finishes for a snappy, feminine look. Ready-to-wear collections for men and women, children’s fashions, accessories, lingerie, beach wear and homewear. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm; Sun 11am-7pm. www. patriziapepe.com. Via Montenapoleone, 38. T: 02 76014477. M3 Montenapoleone. Closed on 15 August.
RESCALLI— Founded in 1931, since its inception Rescalli has always been dedicated to women’s fashion and continues to be distinguished by its style, courtesy and quality. It offers a wide selection of luxury brand garments but also jeans and swimwear. Italian sizes from 36 to 52 with an in-house alteration service also available. Open Mon 3pm-7.30pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7.30pm. www.rescalli.com. Via Belfiore, 11. T: 02 48011687. M1 Wagner. Closed from 13 to 31 August.
RUGGERI—Located in the heart of Milan, since 1936 it has catered to a discerning clientele of Milanese and international customers. Offers a selection of hardto- find, supremely elegant, innovative and self-made collections. For gentlemen in search of high quality knitwear and beautifully tailored shirts. Open Mon 1pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 9.30am-7pm; Sun 11am-7pm. www.ruggeriabbigliamento.it. Piazza Duomo, 21. T: 02 86462173. M1-M3 Duomo. Closed from 15 to 21 August.
TATIANA—Nestling in the heart of Milan, near the Duomo, for over 50 years Tatiana has been a meeting point for those who prefer to opt for classical, elegant garments. A team of qualified sales personnel, accustomed to dealing with an International clientele, is available to give advice. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www.tatiana.it. Via F. Cavallotti, 13. T: 02 798786. M1 San Babila. Closed from 14 to 31 August.
TINCATI—An historic emporium since 1965, Tincati incarnates the very style of Milan: sophisticated, classic, elegant and unmistakable. For men who like to make a low-key statement by focusing on details that make the difference. Luxury men’s boutique in the heart of Milan’s quadrilatero d’oro. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www.tincati.mi.it. Via Gesù, 7. T: 02 76028050. M3 Montenapoleone. Closed from 14 to 16 August.