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Designer Shopping In The Golden Triangle Of Milan

Updated on March 29, 2009

 Milan is an extremely sophisticated city which in some ways seems to not really belong in the rest of Italy, but is more akin to an industrialized Geneva or an Italianate Munich. Milan is identified as both the financial and the fashion center of the continent depending on who you speak to and what Italo-centric agenda they are trying to promote. However, it is amply clear that in the past couple of decades, Milan has by far surpassed Rome as the chic capital of Italy and just strolling down one of Milan’s many shopping streets it is quite customary to run into celebrities ranging from world-famous supermodels fresh from their photo shoot for the cover of Vogue to even more famous (and richer) soccer superstars from AC Milan.

Milan is a spectacular city which so eloquently and seamlessly blends both ancient and modern influences. The city’s skyline is composed of a very unique blend of both modern and older skyscrapers which form a testimony to the advanced skills of the architects who designed them. Two of the most distinguished museums in Milan are the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology and the Museu Archeologico. Other places not to miss include il Duomo, Sant’Ambrogio in the Piazza and Castello Sforzesco. Some of the world’s best orchestras and classical singers can be heard at La Scala and it is a must stop for any aficionado of great music.

Although there are countless theatrical performances and musical events to choose from on any given day, the Fiera may be the best show in town. While visiting Milan make sure to catch one of the trade shows that are held often on the large grounds of Fiera di Milano near the Porta Genova station. It may seem absurd to go visit a trade show if you’re not in the industry, but you would be amazed at the level of entertainment and flair at which these shows are presented in Milan. It’s safe to say that some of the best shows in Milan are at the Fiera!

Milan is the home of the indisputed ultimate elite shopping district on the planet. If you have exquisite taste and love to splurge on original designer items, then there is absolutely no place in the world like Milan for designer shopping. If you want to shop primarily because you want to be seen shopping, then head for the palm fronded Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. If you are serious about obtaining only the finest goods in the world, then the “Triangle of Gold” of Via Montenapoleone, Via Andrea, Via Gesù, Via Borgospesso and Via della Spiga is your primary stop. Just a small sampling of the major designer brands represented in the Triangle include:

  • Armani
  • Borsalino
  • Bulgari
  • Cartier
  • Chanel
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Etro
  • Fausto Santini
  • Fratelli Rossetti
  • Gianni Versace
  • Gucci
  • Lario
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Missoni
  • Moschino
  • Prada
  • Salvatore Ferragamo
  • Tanino Crisci
  • Ungaro
  • Valentino
  • Vierre

New York’s Fifth Avenue, London’s Oxford Street, Paris’ Champs Elysees, and Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay simply are not even in the same league. Suffice it to say that if you cannot find the ultimate designer product that you are seeking in the Triangle, you’ll not be able to find it anywhere in the world! However, I most certainly hope that you've been keeping your money in your mattress, since if your portfolio taken a bath on the stock market, you likely won't even be able to afford a cup of espresso in the Triangle!

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