Perhaps a safe is not exactly the souvenir to take home, but if you like the locks and keys genre, this is a place to see.
Via San Michele del Carso 16
Corso Vercelli district
[+39] 02 48010000
Watermarks were invented in Fabriano, a place in the Marches region where paper-making dates back to the 12th century. This more recent shop sells finest-quality paper and writing accessories.
Via Ponte Vetero 17
[+39] 02 76318754
No description of this shop can be quite adequate: seeing is believing. The founder Piero Fornasetti - Milanese 'designer of dreams' famous the world over for his decorative wall-plates, trompe-l'oeils, objects and eccentric 1950s-style furniture - died in 1988. His son Barnaba took over the business and moved the shop to loftier premises, back to its origins in Via Manzoni, where creations inspired by the artist are shown off to great advantage. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London paid a tribute to Fornasetti's outstanding originality with an exhibition of his work in 1991.
.:. Gandus La Velox
Need a little cardboard box or any other kind of container? This place comes up with some really unique ones. Established 1890.
From Chinese food store to emporium: you'll find food (even fresh), cosmetics and objects for your house and kitchen from all over the world. Prices are extremely interesting.
Via Antonio Rosmini 11
Paolo Sarpi district
[+39] 02 33105368
.:. La Scala Shop
The shop of the Scala theater carries photos, posters and programs of past performances which can make precious gifts for opera aficionados.
The workshop was established in 1924 by a knife grinder from Trentino. With time, a wide selection of toiletries have complemented razors, and now Lorenzi also sells perfumes and cosmetics.
.:. Manifattura Ginori
The Manifattura di Doccia, established by Marquis Carlo Ginori in the early 18th century, was particularly successful when, from 1923 to 1933, the Milanese architect and designer Gio Ponti was its art director. The company is still based in Tuscany, and keep producing very fine porcelain. Several lines for the home have been added over time.
Via Brera 34
[+39] 02 89011646
.:. Moroni Gomma
Born as a technical store for rubber (gomma) and waterproof clothing - but the original premises in the Paolo Sarpi district have closed - it is now a sort of small, well kept department store for interior design objects.
Founded in 1881. Invitations, announcements, and visiting cards of distinction. Also old prints and everything necessary for the classic and complete furnishing of your desk or writing table.
Via Brera 4
[+39] 02 86464642
.:. Porta Blu
Baubles, bangles, beads, bags and hats to suit every taste and purse, with a particularly appealing and colorful selection of hair accessories.
.:. Salmoiraghi & Viganò
Need glasses? Here the choice is really superb. Other outlets all over town: the fifteenth was inaugurated in December 2013 in Corso Genova.
You ring the bell of this workshop, which is in the courtyard, and find yourself in a magic white world of plaster: decorations, ceiling-rosettes, frames, castings and other embellishing moldings ready-to-carry or made to order.
A place for lovers of the very best and most tasteful in Murano glassware. This is the Milan outlet of one of the best-known artistic glassworks in Venice. Venini's design and modern lines are spotted immediately by connoisseurs.
.:. Vetrerie di Empoli
Glassware to suit all tastes, from lamps to tumblers. They used to have another shop at Via Pietro Verri 4, which also run a swap service for used glasswares (quality assumed, you could exchange your two surviving glasses from a wedding gift for something else, or find two you are missing), but closed down on August 31, 2010.