Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world, but what if you’re after something a little different? Whether you’re a vintage boutique devotee or you consider yourself more of a thrift shop aficionado, you need no further excuse to shop ’til you drop because there’s second hand glamour to suit every budget. Here we bring you our top Milan picks where you’ll be sure to uncover vintage gold – or at least have fun digging.
Humana Vintage: the budget retro extravaganza
Centrally located right in the heart of Milan, Humana rocks vintage Italian threads from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s for womens and mens fashion at affordable prices. While away an afternoon in this second hand metropolis and you’ll not only be uncovering vintage treasure at every delve, you’ll also be donating to a worldwide humanitarian organisation. What other excuse do you need?
Via Cappellari 3 humanaitalia.org
Cavalli e Nastri: luxury and bridal vintage
Milan’s premier second hand store, you’re sure to find the perfect vintage-chic clothing and accessories here. There’s even a special selection of the most beautifully ornate vintage wedding gowns and accessories – so take a trip here and you’re sure to leave with the perfect dress to make you feel like the belle of the ball.
Via Brera 2, Via Giacomo Mora 3 & Via Giacomo Mora 12 cavallienastri.com
Blitz: super cool and shabby chic furniture
So much more than just vintage clothing, at Blitz you’ll find art deco posters, kitsch furniture, kooky art pieces and alternative office décor. Perfect for giving a beautifully retro look to your home, your office and your wardrobe, Blitz also has monthly sales and one-off special events. Check it out now!
Via Cosenz 44/4 blitzbovisa.com
Pause: retro café culture
Combining café culture with second-hand shopping, Pause is the best of both worlds. Owner Katia has given up the New York rat race to open the store, living by the vintage mantra ‘Everyone can spend, but few can find’. A charming experience and a delightful place to recharge your shopping batteries.
Via Federico Ozanam, 7 20129 pausemilano.com
Elizabeth The First: the vintage lifestyle
On top of the vintage clothing and accessories, you’ll find fabrics and textiles for beautifully retro upholstery. Situated right by the Milan river in one of the oldest neighbourhoods, it’s well worth a visit just for the romance. Treat yourself to some shopping, followed by lunch by the river in one of the many local restaurants.
Alzaia Naviglio Grande 44 elizabeththefirst.com
What’s your favourite vintage shop on the streets of Milan?