With its reputation as the mecca of high-fashion shopping, Milan not only offers the hallowed designer-filled streets of the Quad d’Oro and the world’s most beautiful department store at 10 Corso Como but is also conveniently located for sorties into Switzerland to hoover up cut-price bargains at FoxTown Factory Stores.
Switzerland’s most popular discounted outlet mall is found in Mendrisio near the border with Italy. It offers over 160 designer stores including world-renowned names, plus the chance to secure savings of up to 70 percent on recommended retail prices.
With most items selling at factory prices, fashion stores include the niche jeans brand 7 for all Mankind, British high-end store Burberry and favorite Italian designers Versace, Valentino, Prada and Gucci; sleek interior design stores Le Creuset and Villeroy and Boch compete for the homeware market; and in the middle-price range Nike, Adidas, Swatch and Diesel all have outposts here. Several lunch venues are found conveniently on site, including traditional fondues at Chalet Suisse or brioche and pastries at FoxCaffè, and if you’re really determined to spend all your money, there’s even an onsite casino.
The shops are located at Via Angelo Maspoli 18, and the site is open daily from 11am–7pm. Mendrisio is 60 km (40 miles) from Milan, best reached by car or coach. There is ample parking for drivers, who should take the A9 to Como and then the A2 towards Lugano before coming off at the Mendrisio exit. Remember to take passports as Switzerland is not a member of the EU.