Shopping Guide: Milan Menswear Shopping Guide
It’s safe to say Italy is home to some of the world’s best dressed men. In Milan, these stylish gentlemen sport everything from majors designers to international brands and upcoming Italian labels. If you dig a little deeper into the hidden areas across the city from Brera to Ticinese you’ll discover an eclectic mix of stores that make for the ultimate Milanese shopping experience.
Via Durini 28
Brian and Barry is one of the newest department stores and is exclusively located in Milan. Spread across 12 floors, the store is home to over 200 fashion labels, household names we know and love as well as emerging designers. Located in the heart of Milan’s busy San Babila, the store is in the center of Milanese life just a stone’s throw away from the Duomo. Not only do they have a variety of clothing from loved brands such as Lardini, Scotch & Soda and Ralph Lauren, but they also have a large selection of footwear from the likes of Churches and New Balance. There is definitely something to accommodate a variety of ages and tastes. If you’re a technology and gadget lover you can also find accessories dedicated to your lifestyle too. Lastly, once you’re all shopped out you’ve built up an appetite, head up to the 10th floor where they have two restaurants; Asola and Cucina Sartoriale for an Italian dining experience.
Via Cusani 5
Mon – Sun: 10am-7pm
This modern department store also made our list of top ladies boutiques across Milan. Antonia has a huge selection of men’s clothing and accessories that make it worth checking out. One thing we love about this store is the interior; from the furnishings to the brickwork- it’s so inviting that it makes shopping an experience rather than a chore. If designer names are your thing and you really want to feel like a part of life in Milan head to this unique concept store in Brera, have a browse of their favorite names in store; from the bold Versace or the classics from Zegna or Dior accessories to Church’s shoes.
Via Solferino 18
Considered one of Milan’s ‘cool Italian stores’, Slowear is something that is becoming a shopping lifestyle experience. Founded in 1951 as a family-run business, Slowear has since spread overseas, to expand their success. Slowear has a ‘Three F rule’; fabrics, fittings and finishings, all with the highest quality. They began with their Incotex trousers and through their popularity gained success. The style of clothing is a smart casual ‘America meets Italy’ with a mixture of unique jackets, trousers and accessories such as hats, scarves and gloves (season dependant). Located in Milan’s popular design area, Moscova you will feel an element of the true Italian ‘sprezzatura’; that is the art of dressing and putting together an outfit with as little thought as possible while still looking classic and effortlessly stylish.
Corso di Porta Ticinese, 46
Tues-Sat 10:30am-1:30pm 3:30pm-7:30pm
For the more alternative gentlemen or lovers of casual wear, Dictionary is a great store for some unique everyday pieces; for an Italian street style meets northern Europe way of dressing. With brands such as Levis, Libertine Libertine and Department 5 their range of styles vary greatly, and includes classic shirts, an array of patterned t-shirts as well as from baseball jackets, jeans, chinos and shorts. It’s a great store to stay on-trend and pick up seasonal styles for your tastes and needs. As well as clothing they cater to lifestyle necessities too, from wallets to belts, socks and body care – so there isn’t an excuse to have anything missing from your home! Located in the alternative arty area of Ticinese the style fits perfectly for the backdrop of your social life too.
Via Solferino 11
Tues- Fri 10:30-14:30 / 3:30pm-7pm
Sat/Sun 10:00-13:00 / 3:30pm-7pm
Established in 1989, Libero Milano is an elegant place to of shop for classic Italian styles. If tailored cuts are your kind of style or if you simply want some inspiration for how to dress smarter this store is the place to go. At Libero you’ll find tailored garments, destructured jackets, sport jackets, slim fit shirts, trousers, lightweight sweaters for summer and cashmere for winter, woven leather accessories such as belts, handkerchiefs pocket, cuff links and scarves. They focus on the details; which is what Italian dressing is all about, right? The fabrics chosen produce well made comfortable clothing for classic everyday use at reasonable prices. So if you want something special for the office and weekend wear, this is a great place to start. With stores across the city-Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Porta Genova and Moscova, the brand is Milanese born and bred.
Corso Garibaldi 64
Tues – Sat 10:30-7:30pm
Sun – closed
Established in 1974 this is one of the highest recommended stores in Milan if you want to find clothes with a great cut and overall finish. Located over two floors, this store is a classic for Milanese fashion. If you love classic style and clothing, then have a look next time you’re in Brera. Located on the buzzing and classy Corso Garibaldi, Barone Roccadora is a hidden gem in a naturally fashionable and stylish area. With a range of high quality suits, and cashmere sweaters that are very well made as well as day-to -day accessories for work and personal life.
Mon- Sat 10am-7pm
Sun 10-1:30pm 3-7pm
Boggi Milano has long been a favorite amongst men when it comes to ready-to-wear clothing; so with the outlet store offering things for less it’s even more of a reason to go. If you want well-made stylish and smart clothing for the office this is a great place to start when it comes to suits. Although the shirts are a little on the plain side, you can spruce your work wear up with one (or some) of their colourful and patterned suits. They have innovative designs with good quality fabrics; so the suits are great value for money. Lastly for casual wear, they have sport jackets, a must for every stylish gentleman in Milan and a selection of accessories from stylish ties to shoes.
Corso di Porta Ticinese 16
Mon 3.00 pm-7.30 pm
Tues- Sat 11.00 am – 2.00 pm 3.00 pm – 7.30 pm
For a contemporary vintage feel this is the place to shop. Along the popular Corso di Porta Ticinese you will feel at cool and comfortable wearing whatever you choose to purchase here. Having opened in 1994, Frip originally sold uniquely vintage stock, it then progressed in 1998 where they had a DJ corner on Vinyl and CD. As you can imagine, this became a lifestyle and fashion hub. Frip believes it is important for shoppers to be able to purchase clothes they can love and wear season after season, so if you want clothes that will remain staple items in your wardrobe this is the place to find them. For everyday clothes you can find a range of comfy suede sneakers, jeans, shorts as well as alternative sweaters from a range of brands such as Christopher Shannon, Eytys and Reality Studio. In addition to clothing, they still have their loveable CDs and magazines.
Corso di Porta Genova
Tues – Sat 10am-1:30pm 3-7:30pm
Sun 10:30am-2pm 3pm-7:30pm
This is the store for fashion forward men. Whether you want something to wear front row at fashion week or to designer bars across the city, Biffi offers the biggest selection of major labels. From the minimalist Acne to the boldest Jeremy Scott- Biffi has a reputation for bringing avant-garde to Milan. They have the latest trends in clothing, shoes, accessories; and of course, the Italian favorite: sunglasses! Biffi was founded in 1960’s by two sisters right here in Milan, they then spread their wings and went to London where their love for International designers grew to include names such as Kenzo in Japan. Their concept began with this international melange, the goal of which is to bring them all together in one place. So if this is your kind of taste head over to the buzzing store on Corso di Porta Genova.
Tues-Sun 10:30am-7:30pm (Wed/Thurs til 9pm)
Opened by former Italian Vogue editor Carla Sozzani, Corso Como 10 is fashionable store to say the least; and we aren’t just talking about the brand names inside. The store’s interior is a masterpiece and couldn’t be more enticing to enter. Granted the exterior doesn’t give much away- it’s almost as though they like it to be hidden and tucked away. With brands from Saint Laurent to Borsalino to Aqua Di Parma; the store always surprises you with what you might find. They keep their stock so fresh and new that you will always be up to date with the latest clothing, gadgets and accessories. Be prepared to dig deep if you want to venture into this store; however, even if your budget isn’t generous side, you can still spend hours browsing through the latest things they have in store and stop for a coffee on your way out!