My Secret Milan

Milano Vintage Style

Madame Pauline Vintage, Milan

MILAN, Italy — Milan is simply Milan and one of my favourite cities in the world! In fact, Milan is not only a great shopping destination but also a great place for its cosmopolitan allure with its recognisable and undeniable style as well as its famous lifestyle.

Let me walk you through my favourite spots and locations and unmissable stop-overs, to experience the city as a perfect Milanese throughout the many realities and districts that only a city like Milan can offer to its visitors and residents.

Milanese Style

Like any self-respecting Milanese, I usually wear ballet flats and I am literally in love with Porselli ballet shoes, which are very popular among stylish Milanese women. The choice is vast with different colours and patterns: from the classic black and the must-have blue to the most fashionable turquoise, green and suede red. if you happen to be in Milan, you can find them in Piazza Paola Ferrari 6 and immerse yourself in the latest collection of this great brand.

Another unmissable destination for ballet flats addicts is Spelta, a legendary ballerina flat created by the Spelta family in 1967. As you can expect, this brand has a strong family tradition combined with a unique design innovation making these ballerina flat shoes very loved by Milanese women and prefect for every day and every look. If you are strolling in Milan don’t forget to stop by Spelta boutique in Via Solferino 1.

Milano Vintage Style

Artisanal su misura, Milan

And for our gents in search of a stylish journey into the heart of Milan, there is a great shoes shop called Artisanal su misura, a small artisanal atelier located in Via Santa Marta 15 where you will be welcomed by Lidia Pellecchia, the charming owner of this exquisite store, who has perfectly mixed the excellence of Italian craftsmanship and the “Made in Italy”.

Vintage Style

I am a vintage style lover and in Milan you can find a great selection of vintage markets and stores that can satisfy everyone’s taste. Cavalli e Nastri, featured in the article “The Milanese Vintage Chic” and Madame Pauline Vintage are absolutely the two best vintage shops in town!

Milano Vintage Style

Madame Pauline Vintage, Milan

Claudia Jesi offers a great assortment of clothes and accessories from different decades to her famous clients. I recommend you to visit her store in Via Brera 2 where you will find some of the best vintage brands like Gucci, Chanel and Hermès as well as a selection of new pieces from talented young designers.

Located in Foro Buonaparte 74, Madame Pauline Vintage is the new address for true vintage fashion lovers: a new sophisticated temple dedicated to clothing as well as unique accessories and jewellery pieces from the early 20th century to these days. You can visit Madame Pauline Vintage Facebook Page to discover more about the Madame Pauline Vintage world.

Milano Vintage Style

Madame Pauline Vintage, Milan


Giolina e Angelo is a must-stop for those who are looking for the perfect jewellery. Angelo, with his experience gained over forty years, offers a strong craftsmanship service combing undeniable originality with attention to detail to each of his clients: every piece is made exclusively in 18 carat gold and 925 silver. I am literally in love with their red heart nylon bracelet. It is definitely worth stopping by.


Every strolling experience in a new city or a great shopping destination will be combined with a must-stop at a local library. Armani Libri Koenig is situated at the entrance of the Armani building in Via Manzoni 31. During a trip to Cologne, Giorgio Armani was highly impressed by the Walther König’s extensive bookshop, and after a long-lasting friendship, the designer proposed König to design a bookshop for him. Inside this really well-stocked bookstore, you will find a cosy atmosphere and a great selection of fashion and design books, perfect for an after-shopping mood to then move on and enjoy an exquisite dinner at the Nobu, the Japanese cuisine restaurant located on the top floor of the same building.

Ecco, these are my suggestions to stroll in the streets of Milan as a real Milanese. And if you need more suggestions check out our 10 Corso Como article.

Courtesy of:Porselli, Spelta Milano, Artisanal su misura, Cavalli e Nastri, Madame Pauline Vintage, Giolina e Angelo, Armani Libri Koenig | Photography by:
Alessandra Frega About the author

Lawyer, blogger and aesthete, brings hidden gems and established brands from Italian fashion. With a degree in Law and a Master’s in Diplomatic Studies, her fun loving alter ego has a passion for fashion.