Designer accessories from the 50s
While the Quadrilatero della Moda is synonymous with new trends, the picturesque Brera district embodies the quintessence of retro haute couture. Leave the Pinacoteca di Brera behind you and at number 6 in via San Carpoforo, Il Cameo will delight you with Fifties clothing and accessories signed by Pierre Cardin, Emilio Pucci, Jole Veneziani and Hermès. Just a little further on, at number 2 via Brera, Cavalli e Nastri, the crème de la crème of vintage chic, is a reference point for upmarket women’s clothing, patronized by several of the bestknown designers in search of inspiration. If your significant other is also in search of a retro fashion gem, plan a visit to the eponymous Cavalli e Nastri men’s boutique, situated in via Gian Giacomo Mora 3. This can be reached by walking towards the Navigli.
Versace, Thierry Mugler, Gucci and more!
Staying in Brera, Éclater, in via del Lauro 10, takes shoppers on a trip down memory lane with its outerwear from the collections of niche designers from the 50s and 60s (T: 347 7027969). Just a little further on, inside a distinctive 20th century courtyard, located at number 3 via Sacchi, Vintage Delirium boasts a carefully chosen selection of 1920s and 1930s garments, displayed alongside sought-after fashions by Versace and Thierry Mugler. However, as we all know, it’s the details that make the difference! If you’re looking to amaze your friends with precious leather goods, then Urzì Pelletteria del 900 in via Ciovasso 6 is a must-visit destination for early 20th century Prada and Gucci handbags. One purchase leads to another, and in no time at all you’ll find yourself looking for a pair of shoes, a trinket or a scarf to add a touch of chic to your style. Walk a bit further along, where the window displays of Madame Pauline at number 74 Foro Bonaparte vie for attention with the nearby Castello Sforzesco. The incomparable display of costume jewelry, stoles and hats will beckon you into the shop where it will be hard not to buy something.
Chanel and Hermès accessories
The cherry on the top at the end of your shopping spree is Lipstick Vintage in Corso Garibaldi 79. This elegant boutique spread out over two floors, houses several iconic vintage pieces including Chanel brooches and Hermès carré scarves which can also be paired with a pair of Louboutin shoes. If you have a weakness for Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi handbags then look no further. Head towards via Fratelli Bronzetti 11 where Mania Vintage, also known for its Victorian jewelry, will make your trip worthwhile.