The 4 Best Vintage Stores in Milan…

At The Stylish Traveler we love vintage shopping!

It’s the idea of not knowing what you are going to find before you enter the shop, and the surprise at finding that absolutely amazing piece after hunting through rails of clothes.  The most special thing is that the items have their own stories to tell and that by owning them, you are becoming part of their story and their history too.  I love to imagine what parties my vintage dresses have been worn to or what foreign cities my vintage jewellery might have once visited.  I started my vintage collection nearly ten years ago and whenever I travel I search for vintage shops and antique markets so I can take a special souvenir home with me.  The favorite pieces I have are a crocodile-skin handbag found at an Antiques market in Cape Town, a pocket-watch found in Buenos Aires and a Dolce & Gabbana scarf found here in Italy!  Its safe to say after years of travel and scouring through racks in vintage boutqiues we are vintage shopping experts.  Read on to hear the 4 Best Vintage Stores in Milan…

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Cavalli e Nastri – This is a Milanese landmark for any fashion lover in the city.  ‘Cavalli e Nastri’ sell an amazing selection of high quality vintage pieces.  The price tag is a little high but the pieces are so special.  Think hand sewn sequin gowns, lace vintage wedding dresses, antique jewellery and vintage designer handbags.

Madame Pauline – I love this cute little boutique with lovely owners who are really passionate about vintage clothes.  They have the most amazing collection of vintage designer pieces, beautiful embroidered kimono’s and special jewellery.  All pieces have labels explaining their designer brand and what year they are from.

‘Lo Specchio de Alice’ –  Found in the cool Porta Ticinese neighborhood, this vintage shop has the BEST collection of Levi’s jeans, Dr Martins, baseball jackets and sportswear.  Think racks and racks of the stuff!  You need to be prepared to rummage but you can find the most amazing pieces and at really great prices.  A great spot for vintage jeans and sports jackets.

Groupies Vintage – In the same area as ‘Lo Specchio de Alice’, Groupies Vintage also sells a cool selection of urban vintage pieces with a great price tag.  Denim jackets, woolen jumpers, checked shirts, sports wear, Dr Martins and trench coats.  They also have their own line of customized pieces which is really cool if you want to find something a little different.

Sunday Antiques Market – Held on the last Sunday of every month along the Naviglio (canal) in the south of the city, this market is really amazing.  A mix of flea market and antique sellers, you can find anything from antique furniture, old records, street artists selling paintings and cheap vintage clothing to collectible designer pieces.  Even if you don’t buy anything its so much fun walking around and seeing all the crazy stuff on sale.

Want more tips for shopping in Milan?! Make sure to read ‘The 4 Best Places to Shop in Milan’…

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