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Milan Fashion Week is one of the Big Four – meaning any fashionista worth his or her salt knows to book their flight early in order to see – and be seen – in a city that does fashion like few others.
Milan Fashion Week is one of the Big Four – meaning any fashionista worth his or her salt knows to book their flight early in order to see – and be seen – in a city that does fashion like few others.

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Find Milan’s hidden fashion gems

Fashion week in Milan sees the city overrun by lovers of fancy frocks, the people who design them, and the super slim models who sashay down the runway. When visiting be sure to venture beyond the downtown Quadrilatero della Moda shopping district to search out some of Milan’s hidden gems.

Massimo Alba’s boutique. Photo: Gaia Cambiaggi

Massimo Alba

Tucked away on a quiet street in Milan’s Brera district, visitors to Massimo Alba’s boutique are greeted by the ring of an old-fashioned shop bell. The shelves are stocked with his signature knitwear, made from naturally dyed Italian cashmere and available in both men’s and women’s styles.

Massimo Alba

Via Brera 8, Milan

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Giacomo Bistrot

At Giacomo Bulleri’s Parisian-style bistro, diners pop in daily from noon to midnight – something of a rarity in sophisticated Milan. Favored by fashion editors in need of nourishment between runway shows, the eatery features pesto and potato lasagna, shrimp tartare served in mango sauce, and a wine list that offers sparkling wine from the nearby Franciacorta region.

Giacomo Bistrot

Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6, Milan

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Nathalie Jean and her jewelries. Photo: Gaia Cambiaggi

Nathalie Jean

Montreal native Nathalie Jean worked for design legend Ettore Sottsass before switching careers in 1998 to design jewelry. At her Milan atelier she fashions sterling silver into earrings, bracelets, and necklaces creating shapes inspired by nature and her travels. Explore and discover at her bijou boutique in the city’s Brera district.

Nathalie Jean

Via Solferino 48, Milan

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Palazzo Segreti

Tucked away in a quiet alley close to the Duomo and the city’s shops, the Palazzo Segreti hotel is a fashionista favourite. Inside the 19th century townhouse, each of the 18 rooms are individually decorated with pieces from some of Italy’s great design brands. The lobby has a Nordic-inspired touch, and boasts a cozy wine bar that stays open all night.

Palazzo Segreti

Via San Tomaso 8, Milan

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Designer Uberta Zambeletti's boutique Wait and See. Photo: Gaia Cambiaggi

Wait and See

After stints at Etro, Max Mara, and Missoni, in 2010 stylist and designer Uberta Zambeletti opened her Wait and See boutique in a former convent. Catering to women seeking unique looks, she carries an eclectic mix of labels offering printed tops, dresses, and skirts, along with jewelry and vintage pieces.

Wait and See

14 Via Santa Marta, 14, Milan

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Pupi Solari opened her first boutique in 1969. Photo: Cambiaggi

Pupi Solari

A Milanese institution, fashion doyenne Pupi Solari opened her first boutique in 1969. The Genoa native now has a trio of stores – one each for men, women, and children – all lined up in a row. Famous for tweed jackets and pastel play clothes for kids, she also carries a well-curated mix of looks from lesser-known labels.

Pupi Solari

Piazza Tommaseo, 2, Milan

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Excelsior

Opening its doors in 2011, this Jean Nouvel-designed emporium is housed in a former cineplex. Upstairs it offers a range of accessories, fragrances, and fashion from established names like Valentino, along with niche labels such as cult Neapolitan shirtmaker Salvatore Piccolo. Downstairs there’s a sumptuous food hall showcasing Italy’s top artisanal producers.

Excelsior

Galleria del Corso, 4, Milan

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