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Feb 21, 2024

Fashion fanatics in Milan, this vintage shopping guide is for you

It’s January, and the fashion world is abuzz with the excitement of the sale season. After indulging in the festive Christmas feast, you might find yourself in the mood for a bargain binge. But wait, resist the allure of those fast-fashion destinations that shamelessly draw inspiration from emerging brands and talented designers, copying their models while inflating prices and now offering eye-catching discounts. Your inner fashionista whispers that you deserve better, especially if you’re in Milan – or Paris

So, don’t just walk; run to the vintage stores we’re about to unveil. These hidden gems are brimming with unique pieces, true design treasures, and timeless fashion items – the very models that have graced iconic catwalks and scripted the destinies of visionary designers. The best part? They come at affordable prices, with a sustainable soul. 

But before embarking on this journey, forget the notion that vintage is merely about old clothes. It’s a time-travel expedition, a cultural escapade into the nostalgia of the past, and a stroll down memory lane that has shaped today’s trendsetting styles. Furthermore, second-hand pieces carry with them events that have etched an indelible mark on our collective consciousness. 

Fashion lovers are not limited to displaying vintage clothes like museum pieces. They skillfully incorporate them into their outfits, whether it’s for everyday occasions or special events. It’s not just about donning pre-loved finds; it’s about curating an ensemble that seamlessly blends the charm of the past with the freshness of today’s runways.

Yet, the allure of vintage extends beyond nostalgia to reach sustainability and circularity. By giving a second life to fashion items that would otherwise contribute to environmental pollution, these boutiques advocate for a shift in consumers’ habits, steering them away from fast-fashion shopping that perpetually impacts our planet. 

So, why settle for the ordinary when you can embrace a pre-owned masterpiece? Milan, a vibrant city steeped in history, has a fashion scene that transcends time. As fashion students, we’ve scoured the streets to discover the best six vintage boutiques that make this city a paradise for friperie enthusiasts. Step into a universe where every garment has a story waiting to be told.


Cavalli e Nastri – Via Gian Giacomo Mora 3, Via Gian Giacomo Mora 12, Via Brera 2

In the heart of Milan’s historic Ticinese district, amidst the echoes of poets and artists, lies a vintage haven – Cavalli e Nastri. These two stores are a time capsule, preserving an era that still captivates the most dedicated fashionistas. With antique finds and haute couture garments from Prada, Valentino, Gucci, and more, these boutiques are a treasure trove. The third store, nestled in the elegant Brera district, adds a touch of sophistication to your vintage hunt.


Vintage Studio Milano – Via Meravigli 17   

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Step into Vintage Studio Milano, where the modern and the nostalgic collide. This space houses unique pieces from recent collections that have left an indelible mark on fashion history. Brands like Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Bottega Veneta take centre stage, especially in the realm of luxury bags.


The Cloister – Via Valpetrosa 5
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The Cloister is not just a vintage store; it’s a concept, a haven for both men and women seeking sartorial excellence. From haute couture to unknown designers, this boutique transcends fashion, offering home furnishings and beauty products from bygone eras. It’s the perfect place to elevate both your wardrobe and your living space.


Bivio Milano – Via Mora 4, Via Mora 14, Via Lambro 12
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In the lively neighbourhoods of Porta Ticinese and Porta Venezia, Bivio Milano stands tall with its three stores and eclectic selection. Catering to diverse tastes, from eccentric to classic, men’s to women’s collections, Bivio is a unique destination. What sets it apart? The opportunity to sell your luxury vintage items and reinvest in your style journey.


Madame Pauline Vintage – Foro Buonaparte 74 

Founded in 2013, Madame Pauline Vintage redefines vintage by blending styles from different eras, elevating your looks while providing a sustainable and ethical shopping experience. The boutique, adorned in green, transports you to a mid-20th-century Parisian chamber, inviting you to become a part of fashion’s timeless narrative.


My Room – Via San Maurilio 24  

My Room is more than a store; it’s a curated space reminiscent of a grandmother’s room. Susanna Ausoni, a renowned stylist, curates a selection of branded and non-branded precious garments. Step into this intimate place-to-be, and let fashion tell a story that goes beyond labels.


Milan’s vintage boutiques transcend the notion of mere stores; they serve as portals to the past, present, and future of fashion. Come and join us in celebrating the allure of sustainable and timeless style. Happy vintage hunting!



Lucrezia Spina
MA student in Fashion Omnichannel & E-Commerce, Milan