Fabric Shopping in Milan

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Before I started sewing I never realized how many fabric shops there were in my city. I’ve come across some of them by chance walking along the street, others have been recommended, others still I have dug up on the net and I dropped by at the first occasion.

You often ask me for advice on fabric shopping in Milan, and so here is a small list of my favourites and those worth visiting. The list is not exhaustive, it doesn’t include all the shops in the city, but only those I know and have visited. My opinion is obviously personal, therefore I suggest you to visit them all, if you have the opportunity, in order to pick your own favourites out.

GLORIATEX
Via Luigi Settembrini, 30 – Map
Nearest tube: Centrale, M3 o Caiazzo, M2
www.gloriatexsrl.com

It’s a small historical shop close to the Central Station, which has been open for over 50 years. It was suggested by Rachele, a classmate of mine at sewing course last year, and it’s been a real find! Fabrics and remnants are very beautiful and at a very competitive prices, I’ve got a lot of real bargains. Fabrics are very high quality. It’s absolutely worth giving it a try and dropping by from time to time just to dig new remnants up. For who wants to visit on Saturday, remember it’s open in the morning only.
Price Range: €

Negozi tessuti a Milano - Gloriatex - esterno negozio - Ph. Ladulsatina

ASNAGHI GIACINTO
Via della Moscova, 68 – Map
Nearest tube: Moscova, M2
www.asnaghitessuti.com

It’s a historical fabric shop in Milan, founded in 1939. You can find it on Via Moscova since 1969. They have a huge variety of fabrics of all kinds (wool, cotton, linen, silk, jersey, lining, ect.). They sell Liberty fabrics too! The staff is very kind and willing to help you for any request. The shop is lovely even from the outside, with its vintage sign, that makes it look like an “Old Milan” shop.
Price Range: €€€

Negozi tessuti a Milano - Asnaghi Giacinto - interno negozio - Ph. Ladulsatina

Negozi tessuti a Milano - Asnaghi Giacinto - stoffe - Ph. Ladulsatina

Negozi tessuti a Milano - Asnaghi Giacinto - esterno negozio - Ph. Ladulsatina

NEW TESS

Viale Certosa, 23 – Map
Nearest tube: Domodossola FN, M5
www.newtess.it

It’s a very beautiful and well-kept shop from an aesthetic point of view. They have a huge variety of fabrics and colours. Fabrics are all made in Italy by Clerici Tessuto, an historical textile company in Como, and they are used by a lot of stylists and designers all over the world. It’s worth getting lost inside and seeking inspiration admiring their big coloured walls full of fabrics!
Price Range: €€€

Negozi tessuti a Milano - New Tess - interno negozio - Ph. Ladulsatina

Negozi tessuti a Milano - New Tess - stoffe negozio - Ph. Ladulsatina

Negozi tessuti a Milano - New Tess - interno negozio sala 2 - Ph. Ladulsatina

EMMEPI TESSUTI
Via Antonio Dugnani, 4 – Map
Nearest tube: S. Agostino, M2
www.emmepitessuti.com
It’s a small but well-stocked shop. They have a lot of different kinds of fabric. I came it across thanks to the first Italian meet-up. You can have a look at the shop in this video.
Price Range: €/€€

EMPORIO TESSILE
Via Pier Lombardo, 1 – Map
Nearest tube: Porta Romana, M3
www.emporiotessilemilano.it
This shop isn’t too big either but well-stocked. The staff is very kind and you can find a lot types of fabrics for clothing and home-furniture. It’s close to Etro Outlet, so it’s worth popping around in both shops when you are in the area of Porta Romana/Piazza Cinque Giornate.
Price Range: €€

IL VECCHIO DRAPPIERE
Via Meravigli, 16 – Map
Nearest tube: Cairoli, M1 o Cadorna, M2/M1
www.ilvecchiodrappiere.it
Working in the Cadorna area, I’ve came across this shop by chance, walking around the streets. This is also a Milan historical shop. They sell fabrics for men’s and women’s classic clothing. Wool for coats and their vintage fabrics are very beautiful.
Price Range: €€€

TESSUTI E SCAMPOLI
Via Lario, 14 – Map
Nearest tube: Zara, M3
www.tessutiescampoli.it
It’s a big two-storey fabric shop. You can also find a well-stocked haberdashery’s, where I frequently stock up. You can find remnants at sale prices.
Price Range: €/€€

TESSUTI RAPONI
viale D’Annunzio, 27 | Nearest tube: P.ta genova. M2 – Map
piazza Monte Titano,4 (ang. via Ronchi) | Nearest tube: Lambrate FS. M2 – Map
via Ambrogio Strada, 73 (BRESSO) – Map
www.tessutiraponi.it
Tessuti Raponi has three shops in Milan, one in the Darsena/Navigli area, another in the Lambrate area and the last one in Bresso. I’ve visited the last one in Bresso only so far. It’s a big shop where you can find different kinds of fabrics and a lot of remnants. Here too you can find a well-stocked haberdashery’s, where I frequently stock up. They sell Burda patterns.
Price Range: €/€€

I advise to check opening hours out visiting their web-site or calling the shop directly.
NB: These shops could be closed for holidays in August. Please check on their websites or call the shops to be sure they are open. 

Here is even a map of the shops above.
Have fun and happy shopping!

PH. Ladulsatina. I took the cover picture at New Tess.

40 Comments
  • Stephie
    July 18, 2017

    Hello Tina,

    Do you know of any sewing course or workshop in milan that is not so expensive?

    Thank you!!!

  • Mary-Sue
    July 17, 2017

    Are youbfamiliar with Fabric outlets in the Milan or Como area? there are many manufactures, do any of them sell end of lines or remnants? I would love info on this.

  • Mary-Sue
    July 17, 2017

    Are you familiar with Fabric outlets in the Milan or Como area? There are many manufactures, do any of them sell end of lines or remnants? I would love info on this.
    Your post is very helpful! .

  • Mary-Sue
    July 17, 2017

    Are you familiar with Fabric outlets in the Milan or Como area? There are many manufactures, do any of them sell end of lines or remnants?

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    June 1, 2017

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  • Rumi
    May 1, 2017

    Hi, very useful and interesting article. Thank you 🙂 Could you be so kind to tell me where I can find a fabrics with hairiness who resemble natural hairiness and color of animal coat like bear, panda, tiger and so one.

  • Ana Avelar
    February 28, 2017

    Hello!

    Thank you so much for this post, it was very helpful to me!
    I am going to be in Milano in the month of March.
    Is there any shop that you could recommend for colourful faux fur?

    Thank you!

    • LaDulsaTina
      April 4, 2017

      Sorry for my late reply…I don’t know if these shops sell faux fur, I’m sorry!

  • Noemi
    February 18, 2017

    Hi,
    Which shop would you suggest for bride dress fabric and bridesmaids?
    I want to visit Milano, I come from Antwerp and want to shop in Milano as we are preparing for my daughters wedding in August

    • LaDulsaTina
      February 23, 2017

      Hi Noemi, I think you can find lots of fabrics for wedding dresses at New Tess.

  • Nadia
    February 12, 2017

    Hi! Thanks a lot for this post!! I’m interested in natural fabrics such as tencel denim (or any tencel fabric) and bamboo fabrics. Which of these shops do you think can be better? Do they accept credit cards? Thanks a lot for your help!

    • LaDulsaTina
      February 23, 2017

      Hi Nadia! I’m sorry, I don’t know which shop has this kind of fabric. I’ll let you know if I find something similar next time I’ll drop in.
      I think they all accept credit cards, but I’m not 100% sure, so it’s better to ask them for it before buying fabrics.

  • fiona
    January 13, 2017

    Thank you so much for this. I am a dress designer going to Milan next month (I am Irish) and very excited. Can you tell me if any of the shops would be able to help me in English. I also speak French if that will help instead of Italian!

    • LaDulsaTina
      February 23, 2017

      Hi Fiona! I think they should be able to help you in English…

  • sarah
    January 1, 2017

    Hi 🙂 Thank you for this amazing post.
    It is extremely helpful.

    Can you please advise where is the best place for haute couture fabrics?
    As i am visiting Milan the coming few days.

    Thanks in advance 🙂
    Sarah

  • Hano
    December 11, 2016

    Hello. Thx for great article. How expensive fabrics really are in this shops? € symbol is little bit too abstract. 🙂

    • LaDulsaTina
      December 15, 2016

      Hi!
      Just an example to explain you the symbols’ meaning:
      for this coat I’ve just sewed up (http://www.ladulsatina.com/cascade-duffle-coat/), I visited three fabric shops in Milan: the first one (€ symbol) has a woolen cloth at 18 €/mt (the fabric I bought), the other two (€€€ symbol) have woolen cloths at 45/50 €/mt or more.
      “€” also means that you can find remnant at a very low price compared to other shops…for instance last time I bought a 2 mt remnant of a beautiful wool blend jersey at 10 € tot, or a 1,8 mt remnant of silk chiffon at 15/18 € tot, or cotton for sheets at 7.5 €/mt instead of 12/15 €/mt (the average price).
      “€€€” means that you can rarely find remnants and you generally find silk fabrics at 35/40/45 €/mt or more and woolen fabrics from 30/40/50 €/mt or more.
      “€€” is the average, in the middle between “€” and “€€€”.
      Generally the more expensive shops have very very beautiful Italian and English fabrics, but you can find beautiful fabrics in cheaper shops as well, if you are luck.
      Hope that this will help you!
      See you soon
      Martina

  • Kitt
    November 19, 2016

    I love you post! Please can you recommend some sewing supplies shops in Milan? I’ve been looking for places buy knitting supplies, thread, needles and some beads.

    • LaDulsaTina
      December 15, 2016

      Hi Kitt,
      I don’t knit, so, I’m sorry, I don’t know shops that sell knitting supplies.
      As far the sewing supplies go, you could try these two haberdasher’s:
      – Merceria Guffanti: http://www.mercerieguffanti.it
      – Tutto per la sarta: http://www.tuttoperlasarta.it
      They are both downtown Milan.
      All the best! Martina

  • Rosalie
    November 17, 2016

    So pleased to follow you on I.g. because you post in English and Italian. I learnt Italian in Perugia in the 60’s and have visited three times over the last five years.
    I am thinking of having lessons again here in Australia, so look forward to your posts. Didn’t realise there were so many material shops in Milan.

    • LaDulsaTina
      December 15, 2016

      Thank you Rosalie! I’ve never been in Perugia… I guess it’s a beautiful city!
      I’m glad you find my posts useful! 🙂 Writing in two languages is demanding and it takes a lot of time and patience, but I love it because it helps me to train my English and other people, like you, to train Italian 😉
      So, all the best from Italy and see you soon! 🙂

  • Jen
    October 12, 2016

    Thank you for the great article. Which shops would you recommend for upholstery and home decor type fabrics?

    • LaDulsaTina
      October 13, 2016

      Hi Jen! Try at EMPORIO TESSILE and NEW TESS, I remember they have also nice fabrics for curtain and furniture.
      You can search on Google Maps for “tessuti tappezzeria Milano” and you’ll find a list of upholstery and home decor type fabric shops.

  • viktoria
    October 12, 2016

    Hey! thank you for this nice information about fabric shops.
    can you advice some shop espicially im looking for curtain night fabric. thank you!
    and also some shop for wool scarf fabric.
    Thanks.
    Viktoria

    • LaDulsaTina
      October 13, 2016

      Hi Viktoria! We don’t use night curtains very much here in Italy, so I don’t know where you can buy them. Try at EMPORIO TESSILE and NEW TESS, I remember they have also nice fabrics for curtain and furniture.
      As far as the wool scarf fabric go instead, I think you can find them in pretty much all the shops.

  • Viktorija
    August 23, 2016

    Hello there,

    Could you please advice when is the best time go to Milan for the fabrics? When is the best offers?
    I live in UK.

    Thank you =D

    • LaDulsaTina
      September 5, 2016

      Hello Viktorija,
      the worst time to go to Milan for fabric shopping is August because all the shops are generally closed. They can be closed over Christmas and New Year’s holiday too, so I suggest you not go on last days of December/first days of January. And also on 7th and 8th December (local and national official holiday)…to be sure, check here the official holidays in Milan (https://milan.usconsulate.gov/holidays.html), because shops are generally closed over official holidays.
      Maybe you can find some offers at the end of the season (for example in July for spring/summer or in February for winter), but fabric shops are different from clothes shops here. They don’t have end-of-season sale.
      So, excluding summer/winter holiday and official holidays, I think you can come here whenever you want, go around and looking for the best offers in different shops.

  • Allison @ The Tall Mama
    May 17, 2016

    Thank you for this! I’ll be in Milan mid June and can’t wait to visit some of the shops you’ve suggested. x Allison http://www.thetallmamastyle.blogspot.com

    • LaDulsaTina
      May 18, 2016

      I’m so happy you find this post useful! I’m sure you’ll find a lot of interesting fabrics in Milan’s shops!

  • Suzy
    May 10, 2016

    Thank you for writing a blog about fabric shops in Milan – myself and my two daughters – all keen sewers are visiting next Tuesday – can’t wait to visit your suggestions!!

    • LaDulsaTina
      May 11, 2016

      That’s great! Have a nice fabric shopping Tuesday in Milan! 🙂 Let me know if you find something interesting…

  • Bobo
    March 1, 2016

    This is the best post for the fabric store in Milan! Thank you so much!!!
    It is super useful and when I was checking one by one on google map when I scroll down there is even the map! OMG incredibly convenient! Thank you Luv you!~

    • LaDulsaTina
      March 10, 2016

      Thanks you Bobo! I’m happy you’ve found my post useful…hope you will find beautiful fabrics in these shops 😉

  • Anna
    February 14, 2016

    Thanks for this post!
    I came across your site by a Google search for the “Lotta dress”, as Ijust bought the pattern!
    I am living in Milan, so I am really grateful for those tips!
    Thank you also for mentioning supercut.it, just placed my first order there 😉

    • LaDulsaTina
      February 24, 2016

      Thank you Anna! I’m very happy you’ve found my post useful. Let me know if you find something interesting.

  • Nat'cha
    December 2, 2015

    Great article.
    These shops are looking so great !!!

    • LaDulsaTina
      February 24, 2016

      Yes, they are great! 😉 Thank you so much Nat’cha!

  • Sasha
    December 2, 2015

    Beata te! … in tutta la mia regione non ci sono così tanti negozi belli di tessuti … che invidia :O

    • LaDulsaTina
      February 24, 2016

      Ti tocca venirmi a trovare per una sessione di shopping milanese 😉

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