Where to Get Designer Clothes at Half the Price in (and near) Milano

With all the #milanfashionweek fashionistas around town recently, you might feel inspired to update your wardrobe. But there’s only one problem: you’re on a student budget! Have no fear, we’ve got the solution for you. While you may not be able to get the absolute latest styles with your depleted funds, that doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on quality.

In addition to the many online options, there are quite a few brick and mortar spots in and around Milano for some good old-fashioned retail therapy: sometimes you just need that in-person browsing, where you can feel the fabric and try on each garment before buying.

A few discount outlet shops are located in the city, but the big outlet malls are all out of town. So, without further ado, here are 4 smaller stores in Milan and 5 outlet shopping centers a few kms away, along with 1 bonus outlet shop.

People walking through galleryOutlets in Milano

10 Corso Como Outlet: The sister store to the world-famous 10 Corso Como, this outlet version has a great selection of past collections at discounted prices. Each week features specific designers, so you’re always sure to find something new!
Address: Via Tazzoli 3 Milano
Getting There: M2 Porta Garibaldi stop
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm

Il Salvagente: This is one of the city’s best known and oldest outlets. Enjoy browsing the three floors of designer clothing, focusing on Made in Italy styles.
Address: Via F.lli Bronzetti 16 Milano
Getting There: Take the “Passante” (underground train) to the Dateo stop
Opening Hours: Mon 3-7:30pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7:30pm; Sun 11am-7pm

Dmagazine Outlet: This outlet offers 3 super-central locations but not super-big discounts.
Addresses: Via Manzoni 44; Via Bigli 4; Via Forcella 13
Getting There: M3 Montenapoleone; M1 San Babila; M2 Porta Genova
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-7:30pm; Mon-Sun 10am-7:30pm; Mon-Sat 10:30am-7pm

Diffusione Tessile: A nationwide chain, this factory outlet also has an online store. When browsing, you won’t know which designer created the clothing, but quality is always high. There are two locations near Milano, but the store below is easier to reach by public transport.
Address: Via Benedetto Croce 1/A Cesano Boscone
Getting There: Take the S9 “Passante” (underground train) from Romolo or Porta Romana to the Cesano Boscone stop
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

Outlet Malls Near Milano

Serravalle Designer Outlet: Opened in September 2000, this mall says it’s one of the largest factory outlet spaces in Europe with over 180 stores with prices reduced from 30%-70% all year around.
Address: Via della Moda 1, I – 15069 Serravalle Scrivia (AL)
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

FoxTown Factory Stores: Actually located in Switzerland (very close to the border), but only 50kms away from Milano, with over 170 stores to browse through.
Address: Via A. Maspoli 18, CH-6850 Mendrisio, Switzerland
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm

Fidenza Village Outlet Shopping: This shopping center is located near the beautiful city of Parma and has over 90 stores with a lot of discounted items.
Address: Via San Michele Campagna – Località Chiusa Ferranda 43036 Fidenza (Parma)
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

Vicolungo Style Outlet: Has over 150 stores with discounts from 30%-70%.
Address: Piazza S. Caterina ang. Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, 28060 Vicolungo
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

Franciacorta Outlet Village: 70 minutes from Milan, Franciacorta Outlet Village is located in a beautiful land famous for its sparkling white wine. 160 stores offering the trendiest brands in clothing and accessories, with up to 70% off traditional store prices.
Address: Piazza Cascina Moie 1/2, Rodengo Saiano BS
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli and Central Station; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

Bonus: Armani Outlet near Como

Armani Outlet: If you love everything Armani but can’t handle the resulting strain on your wallet, you might consider a visit to the official outlet. You’ll probably have a much larger selection here than any outlet mall or shop and it’s not too far from Milano.
Address: Via Provinciale per Bregnano 12, Vertemate con Minoprio
Getting There: Take the train from the Milano Nord Cadona station to Fino Mornasco (40 minutes), then a 15-minute taxi to the outlet
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2pm and 3pm-7pm

Internet Fashion Inspiration from Milano

One of the world’s most important cities for the fashion industry, Milano is especially known for its top-down spread of trends and style. What you see on the designer runways usually eventually translates into what you can find on the store racks and what is worn on the streets in the city and then in other parts of the country and other parts of the world. But with the Internet changing so many aspects of life and culture these days, there’s a bottom-up process going on too, letting anyone with a camera and some IT skills influence the fashion world. With fashion photo blogs, people on the street are influencing the broader public as well as the fashion industry itself.

To find out more, browse our list of street fashion bloggers working in and around Milano. You might get some ideas for your next clothing purchase, tomorrow’s outfit, or maybe even be inspired to add your own voice to the blogosphere!

  • The Sartorialist – known as the original fashion blogger, he specializes in street photography, often following events in the main fashion cities, including Milano;
  • Blue is in Fashion this Year – this blog has a mix of style trending, with lots of photo collages of other fashion blog sites;
  • The Fashion Fruit – the creator is a young lady interested in fashion. She models for most posts, often posing in one of Milano’s parks;
  • Corriere della Moda – this site features another young lady in Milano commenting on fashion and modeling her own outfits;
  • Street Peeper – this NYC-based street photographer posts occasional photos from Milano too;
  • The Blonde Salad – Chiara, a well-known Milano fashion blogger, she’s a former Bocconi student who has a super-large following.

Via Montenapoleone

Via Monte Napoleone street signTo all Bocconians and Milanese. As you are discovering the city of Milan you might want to save time and know what are the best places to go strolling in Milan. There are many nice places but let me tell you about one pleasant street: via Montenapoleone.

Via Montenapoleone is famous for its ready-to-wear fashion and jewelry shops. It is the most important street of the Milan Fashion District (the quadrilatero della moda). The street starts from Via Monforte (almost Piazza San Babila) and ends at Via dei Giardini. You’ll find many shops of very famous international fashion brands on both sides of the sidewalk along the entire street. Not only the shops are nice (quite expensive though) but even the sidewalk and the façades are pleasant. Map of the Via Monte Napoleone area

Via Montenapoleone is regarded as one of the most important street in fashion, as Milan is recognized as one of the major fashion capitals in the world. Today, several of the world’s top fashion houses have their headquarters, major offices or large emporia in the street. Its equivalents in the world would be the “Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré” in Paris, “Via Condotti” in Roma, “Bond Street” or “Oxford Street” in London, “Via dè Tornabuoni” in Florence and “Rodeo Drive” in Beverly Hills.

Here is the list of all the shops you will find: A. Testoni, Alberta Ferretti, Alberto Guardiani, Alexander Mcqueen, Alfieri & Saint John, Alviero Martini, Angelo Fusco, Aprica, Armani Collezioni, Armani Junior, Ars Rosa, Aspesi, Atelier Aimée, Audemars Piguet, Baldinini, Bally, Bottega Veneta, Etro, Fabi, Fedeli Red and Blue, Francesco Biasia, Fratelli Rossetti, Frette, G.Lorenzi, Gallia&Peter, Gastone Lucioli, Gavello, Geox, Gianmaria Buccellati, Gianni Accardi, Giorgetti Space, Giuseppe Zanotti, Gucci, Hogan, Iceberg, La Murrinan, La Perla, Larusmiani, Lorenz, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Mancadori, Marano, Mariano Rubinacci, Mariella Burani, Mario Bucellati, Marni, Mastro Raphael, Malegari e Costa, Miss Sixty, Miu Miu, Montblanc, Mortarotti, Nara Camicie, Narciso Rodriguez, Nella Longari, Omega, Paul & Shark, Pederzani, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti, Pianegonda, Pisa, Prada, Pucci, Ralph Lauren, Rocca Calderoni, Sabbadini, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sarli Couture, Sebastiani, Sergio Rossi, Silvano Lattanzi, Simonetta Ravizza, Spreafico, Tanino Crisci, Valentino, Venini, Versace, Vetrerie di Empoli, Vierre, Yves Saint Laurent.

Via Montenapoleone is famous today for its shops but it has been more than a shopping street. The street has an Ancient history: it traces the Roman city walls erected by Emperor Maximian. But more recently in 1783 a financial institution known as the Monte Camerale di Santa Teresa opened here in Palazzo Marliani, with the function of managing the public debt. In 1786 the street itself was named after the monte. But then the bank closed in 1796 band re-opened in 1804, when Milan became capital of the Napoleonic Italian Republic. Its present name comes from the great Emperor “Napoleon Bonaparte”: Via Montenapoleone.

In 2002 the Street Association start the project “Media” (viaMontenapoleone) including the Radio and the Portal. Their website gives you information concerning the new events taking place in the street, the shops in the street, etc…

Hoping you’ll have a nice time!