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 visit them all, if you have the opportunity, in order to pick your own favourites out.
Via Luigi Settembrini, 30 – Map
Nearest tube: Centrale, MM3 o Caiazzo, MM2
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: € ASNAGHI GIACINTO
Via della Moscova, 68 – Map
Nearest tube: Moscova, MM2
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: €€€ NEW TESS
Viale Certosa, 23 – Map
Nearest tube: Domodossola FN, MM5
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: €€€ EMMEPI TESSUTI
Via Antonio Dugnani, 4 – Map
Nearest tube: S. Agostino, MM2
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: €/€€
Video by Giancarlo Garbocci & Atelier Vicolo N. 6
Via Pier Lombardo, 1 – Map
Nearest tube: Porta Romana, MM3
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, MM1 o Cadorna, MM2/MM1
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, MM3
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: €/€€
viale D’Annunzio, 27 | Nearest tube: P.ta genova. MM2 – Map
piazza Monte Titano,4 (ang. via Ronchi) | Nearest tube: Lambrate FS. MM2 – Map
via Ambrogio Strada, 73 (BRESSO) – Map
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: €/€€
Piazzale Lagosta, 4 – Map
Nearest tube: Zara, MM3 or Isola, MM5
It’s a nice shop in the Isola’s district (one of my favourite area in Milan for happy hour or dinner) that sells high quality Italian fabrics for women, men and bride wear. On the floor below you can find discounted fabrics and low priced remnants.
Price Range: €€/€€€
FONTE DELLA MODA
Via Melzo, 19 – Map
Nearest tube: Porta Venezia, MM1
It’s an historical shop in Milan, founded in the ’20s. It’s a well-stocked haberdashery’s and they sell high quality fabrics, above all wool and cotton. I bought some beautiful laces in the past. The shop is small but very nice. It has an amazing vintage atmosphere, it’s like going back into the past.
Price Range: €€€
LO SPAZIETTO – TEMPORARY SHOP
Piazzale Bacone, 4 – Map
Nearest tube: Lima, MM1
Very close to corso Buenos Aires, Lo Spazietto is a small temporary shop that periodically hosts young designers/crafters or small Made in Italy productions and sells fabric & haberdashery off two times a year. They have high quality Italian fabrics (from Biella district) and prices are very good. Buttons, zippers and trimmings are always discounted. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to know when the fabrics & haberdashery sales take place.
Price Range: €
Last update: 17.10.2017
I advise checking opening hours out by visiting their web-site or calling the shop directly. NB: These shops could be closed for holidays in August, in December (Christmas-time) or over other official holidays. 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.