Shopping in Milan
Milan is a trendsetter of world fashion. Here, everything is subordinated to this industry, and trends literally come from the air. Shopping in Milan is a huge selection of designer and high-quality things, many beautiful and stylish people and just a pleasure. True, the pleasure is not cheap: you should go to Milan for luxury brands, and the possibilities for budget shopping in this city are limited.
Shop opening hours
Every entrepreneur decides when to open and close a point of sale. As a rule, stores in Milan begin to work at 9: 00-10: 00, and close at 19: 00-20: 00. In the summer, many go to a siesta from approximately 13:00 to 16:00, but they work until 22: 00-23: 00. On Sunday, almost everything is closed, but this is not the case with the main fashion districts – they are waiting for customers every day, seven days a week and no breaks for a siesta. Last Sunday before Christmas is also an exception, everything works on this day.
Sales in Milan, as well as throughout Europe, are held twice a year: in winter and summer. Sconti or saldi, as it is called in Italian, lasts from early January to early March and from mid-July to mid-August. In the first weeks of the sales season, stores reduce prices by 15-20%, and by the final discounts reach 70-80%, but this is usually only the mass market. Dear boutiques, which are in Milan the majority, rarely announce discounts of more than 20%, and sometimes do not participate in sales. Instead, they hold their internal “sales” among regular customers, and the unsold part of the collection is usually immediately sent to the outlet. But outlets during sales periods are worth a visit: discounts there can reach 90%, the range is rich, and the chances of finding something suitable are great.
Sales in Milan – a popular event, here at this time attract fashionistas from all over Europe and beyond. So be prepared for queues, crowds at the fitting rooms, and in some cases, armed guards at the entrance.
What to buy in Milan?
Clothing, shoes and accessories
You should go to Milan for the latest collections of premium brands: Hugo Boss, Bulgary, Gucci, Versace, Fendi, Prada, Ferre, Armani, etc. It’s expensive, but new products are among the first in Milan. The range of democratic brands Zara, Mango, etc. in Milan can not be compared with what is offered by Russian stores. Many models do not reach our country, and what arrives costs more on average by 25-30%. Ladies should pay attention to evening and wedding dresses. The most chic shops with these outfits are Le Spose di Milano and Pronovias. They are located in the center of Milan, there is an evening dress from 1000-1200 EUR, and a wedding dress from 2500-3000 EUR. Prices on the page are as of October 2018.
From Milan it is definitely worth bringing leather goods – bags, belts, gloves. There are many well-known brands of leather clothing and accessories in the city, but you should also pay attention to the numerous Italian “nouneys”. Prices for them are relatively low, and the quality is quite on the level. A nice bag made of genuine leather can be bought for 50-70 EUR.
In Milan you should definitely buy at least one scarf. Italians love them and know how to wear, so you can buy a scarf literally on every corner: wool, chiffon silk – the choice is huge. It’s better to go to the markets for a large selection and low prices, since it is almost impossible to forge a scarf and no one does it.
It is better to go to Rimini for the fur coats of the middle price segment, but for a fashionable and expensive from a distinguished designer – definitely to Milan.
Prices for coats in Milan outlets start from 3000 EUR. For this money you can buy a model from Roberto Cavalli, Simonetta Ravizza, De Scal, Paolo Moretti, etc. The most expensive furs are Barguzin, they cost from 10 000-12 000 EUR for a fur coat; mink, sable and fox – cheaper, from 4000-4300 EUR. Fur coats made of faux fur are becoming more and more popular in Italy, distinguished by their stylish design and good quality. Such a coat will cost from 2000 EUR.
The best in the world are fur coats from Fendi. Fur laboratories of this designer are located in Rome, but there are also brand stores in Milan, prices start from 15,000 EUR per fur coat.
The Apple Store in Milan is considered one of the best and largest in all of Italy. Despite the fact that it is located far from the city center (in the area of Karugate), it is always crowded there. The prices of the equipment there are much lower than the Russian ones, the choice is large, and the VAT refund (12%) is also supposed for the purchase.