In To Milan

Why not start as you mean to go on and treat yourself, with a shopping trip to Milan. Words by Igor Srzic

What I most love about Milan is that even though it offers many entertainment,fashion and cultural opportunities,it is neither too hectic nor too big – and  in one hour and forty minutes from Gatwick you can be in the most fashionable city in the world. Milan. Recently I took my personal shopping client there for a long weekend of shopping and styling. He wanted to look stylish and stand out from the crowd so Milan was an obvious choice, as Italian men are so well known for their style and good fashion sense.

When planning where to stay, you should definitely consider The Art Hotel Navigli (, named since its in the Navigli quarter,  Milan’s most charismatc quarter. With its waterways and surprising dock  in Piazza XXIV Maggio, the Navigli still preserves the old architecture and ambiance neighbourhood pace and cordiality that still make strolling through this quarter pleasant. Think typical “case di ringhiera” – homes with access through open balconies with a balustrade, all very Romeo and Juliet.

From the Art Hotel it is just a few stops on the Metro to reach the centre to start your shopping experience.

Or if you like a something different boutique Hotel the Enterprise  could be the hotel for you, combining inovative design and traditional efficiency.. Situated in one of the most lively sections of the city, the hotel’s location is definitely strategic: Enterprise Hotel is a short walk away from Fieramilanocity, 550m from MIC Milan Convention Centre, on the way to the Pero-Rho New Trade Fair Centre, and a few minutes from the city centre. It is close to Castello Sforzesco, Arco della Pace and La Triennale museum, and a very short distance from San Siro stadium. Most of the trendiest, most fashionable clubs and hangouts are also nearby.

A great place to go shopping is the area near the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) in the centre of the town, where you’’ll not only find your favourite high street shops like Zara, Lacoste, Benetton but also the very high end shops like Prada, Gucci,Versace and Louis Vuitton. Depending on your budget you can choose where you’re going to shop and its all in such a walkable distance, that its easy – which is a definite plus for guys who don’t find shopping fun.

If you are a fan of Italian style ,tailoring and fabric ,this is the place to be. You can find a lot of mens tailoring shops with a great of variety and good quality off the peg items with amazing barging.

A real “Must” is a visit to  “Davis” where my styling client and I really felt at home, and came out with a great new wardrobe.

I always have a fun and successful stay in Milan – made even better with the help of Italian Glamorous Services ( They cooperate with a vast portfolio of hotels and villas all around Italy and provide customized services to help you stay on the cutting edge of travel planning, providing you with a dedicated contact and assistance 24/7.You can count on their expertise in the “art cities circuit “,wine and gastronomy guided visits and tailored tours.

Their experiences are the best ways to discover the true essence of the country. They offer private ultra-luxury wine vacations in the most beautiful regions of Italy, with an emphasis on wine tasting and dining.

If you would like help with your styling you can contact me @ – both at home, and abroad in Milan or the destination of your choice.

Igor Srzic Cartledge