For years I have sworn by Bicester Village in England as my not-so-secret designer go-to for insane deals and, quite frankly, just a lovely day out of London town. I’ve heard that other such pockets of luxury exist around the world, but have never had the chance, or time, to visit. Well, that is until now. Last month I had the great pleasure in visiting Fidenza Village, just outside Milan, for the opening of The Creative Spot – a pop up fashion boutique, open until the end of December, that celebrates the incredible talents of 18 international fashion designers. On the big day, over 250 guests, including ethical fashion godmother Livia Firth, filled the village to celebrate the arrival of the innovative fashion platform. The Creative Spot displayed the new and upcoming talents that are circling the globe and offered up a very realistic glance at our fashion future. It also had me hiding my Amex for fear of bankrupting myself before Christmas. This is truly the place to visit if you are searching for a one of a kind gift for your fashionista (or fashionista self) this Christmas. While the shopping at The Creative Spot is only open for a few more weeks, Fidenza Village itself is a mainstay. And you can bet your Celine bag I went around searching for more bargains to be had throughout the village.
What lies below is a photo diary of my day at Fidenza Village. For the most part you will find photos of the pieces I fell in love with in The Creative Spot. I was truly blown away by the designers and the items that were showcasing their vision of style, as you’ll see. I was also pleasantly surprised with the layout of the village itself. Fidenza is a reflection of its environment. You do feel as if you are walking through a village in Italy, complete with all the delicious food you’d expect to find in any Italian village. And let me just wax lyrical about the food. Shopping can build up quite the appetite. But that, in Fidenza Village, is a good thing. Finish your moves through Marni and go straight in for a spaghetti carbonara. Do not leave the village without that specific dish, and maybe a gelato or two. At the moment, it’s a holiday treat to stroll the streets of the shopping centre. There are festive trimmings to be found everywhere, Prosecco trucks artfully placed here and there and even reindeer dressed in the finest puff jackets!
One last thing before I go. If you are headed to Madrid, by any chance, there’s also a shopping village, owned by the same group, called Las Rozas. This village launched their own Creative Spot on the 16th of November, highlighting 17 artisans that represent the spirit of Spain’s new luxury goods. It’s worth a look in, if you’re in the area!
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Now for the photo diary of shopping dreams….
This post was written in collaboration with Value Retail.