We started our Saturday with an 11:00am tour of 10 Corso Como. One of the most important stores in the entirety of Milan, 10 Corso Como is a concept store designed to be enjoyed like a magazine. Within there is a hotel, bookstore, upscale boutique, restaurant and café. The entire space is incredibly chic and resembles the perfect Milanese shop.
Next, we headed on a walking tour of the fashion district of Milan. Our tour guide was super knowledgeable about all of the history in the area as well as the role fashion place in this sector and throughout the city as a whole. She even mentioned that 12% of all Italian clothing sales come from these few fashion-ridden blocks. The streets are lined with Pucci and Prada and Gucci and Burberry and Armani and pretty much every other luxury brand EVER. It was really cool to be able to see the influence of Italian culture on the stores’ layouts and how each brand chooses to cater to a specific audience of luxury shopper. I was particularly fond of the street musicians we saw on this tour. Their music really enhanced the experience and was a nice change of pace in contrast to the tourist panderers we had seen in the Duomo area of the city.
After our fashion district tour, we had the entire day free to enjoy the last minutes of Milan. A group of us had a long, lazy lunch and enjoyed the sights of the city. It was a really wonderful way to soak up our last moments in such a beautiful and international city!