This cosmetics brand probably isn't news to you and it wasn't to me either as I'm a huge fan of the Kiko nail polishes and have been using some for my manicure posts before. However regarding the fact that it's an Italian brand and that I gladly entered two stores in order to stack up my nail polish collection I just had to mention the store. If you have the choice between the store in Riccione and the store in Rimini I highly recommend the former as the saleswomen over there were way friendlier and also more ready to help.
Viale Ceccarini 85/85A
Via Caduti Nassiriya 20
Besides from entering local stores I have heard of before I also love to end up in shops that are totally new to me and that don't even exist in my country. One of those stores in Italy was Coin which I discovered in Rimini. It's a multistory building selling everything you need from beauty products to jewellery over clothes up to home accessories (H&M home!). The range is just right, featuring all the girly stuff we love without being overcrowded and the price range is okay, too! Besides from discovering the makeup brand Pupa, the store allowed me to take home a super cute table runner from the home section.
Corso D'Augusto, 59
It was love at first sight and I already loved it when I hadn't even entered it. But in order to tell you the Brandina story I have to start at the airport of Rimini. Because in fact Italy is just such a fashionable country that in your hotel you will find more flyers about outlet stores than about theme parks and at the airport you wait for your luggage next to a table loaded up with shopping guides like the "SHOP Rimini and Riccione" which I read eagerly (you want to be prepared well for your holiday, right?). Okay long story short: the shopping guide recommended the Brandina store: "Designed and made by hand in Italy, Brandina's bags and accessories embody the spirit of the Adriatic Riviera. Each item is made from the same durable material used for sunlounger seating and is available in a range of bright, summery colours." When I saw the first store in Rimini I just had to enter. I then also visited the stores in Riccione and Cattolica (the one in Riccione being the most spectacular one!) and I was about to buy one of these bags more than once... Heaven knows how I could escape the three stores without leaving a single penny!
Via Garibaldi, 15 / Via Vespucci, 33
Viale Gramsci, 1
Street market in Riccione
So up to now we're having three shops and I only made a find in two of them. So either I came home with quite empty bags or there was another place that hit me in the pocket. Three words: Riccione, market, Friday! I don't know how about the place where you live but in my country a street market hasn't got that much to do with fashion. In Italy however everything has got to do with fashion and so every Friday from 7am to 1pm at the Piazza Unità in Riccione you can find tunics (in every colour of the rainbow), jewellery (from tassel necklaces to "Mise en Dior" dupes), bags (from pompom clutches to fake snakeskin totes), pretty(!) clothes, shoes (from sandals to winter boots), and so much more (tablecloths, pans, babygrows,...) Honestly if we wouldn't have gone to this market I would have been disappointed by Italy's shopping possibilities because there were stores everywhere we went but most of them were tourist shops or the always same beach fashion shops.
Riccione Street Market
every Friday from 7am to 1pm
All in all shopping in Italy is so easy as you can do so everywhere and the next fashion advertisement or store guide isn't far. Also there were still huge sales going on but I was still a bit disappointed, especially of Rimini which I had imagined as a vibrant metropolis but it turned out to be a manageable tourist location in which you have a hard time finding a good restaurant. All in all you will neither need a lot of time to do the stores in Rimini or Riccione as they are all located in one street (Viale Maria Ceccarini in Riccione) or around one square (Piazza Tre Martiri in Rimini).
In order to see what I bought in the end you will have to wait for my haul though which will be up on the blog the next days! Where have you had your best shopping experience so far? Do you think Italy is really more fashionable than other countries?