When we were wandering between Duomo and Piazza della Signoria we saw a small shop which has many leather gloves on its window. I like gloves but I didn’t find the model I wanted in Istanbul. So when I saw the variety of models in Italy I was really impressed. I bought my first pair of gloves in Venice. It was pink. So, I wanted another classic pair when my friends started to look the models.
The gentleman who owns the shop was very kind and helpful. He is a professional; he told our sizes just by looking once. And he told us that he produce the gloves himself. Also there were some hats in the shop.
What to buy: Many many gloves
What to pay: Between 20-40 euros
I cannot imagine visiting Florence without emerging overloaded with leather goods, especially bags. I've been to Florence twice now and both times came home with new luggage (which I then gave to family as gifts...). Between the many designers and the street markets (which no doubt get some inspiration from the designers) this is shopping heaven.
Florence is a great place for leather. Shoes, purses, jackets...basically anything you could want. The outdoor markets definately have some great deals. Just don't go for the original price on the tag. Always try to bargain down. And definately shop around. Most vendors have the exact same item as the vendor three stalls down. And hey you can always come back right? Most places will offer lower prices for cash.
Visit the San Lorenzo piazza for amazing shopping! Practice your negotiating skills, and be prepared to visit multiple shops for the best deal.
What to buy: Leather - Bought two beautiful jackets.
Candy - Our family loved the dolci di Firenze!
Gold - Always a classic - Visit the shops on the Ponte Vecchio.
What to pay: Prices vary, but you may be able to negotiate.
the street leading to ponte vecchio from the area of the duomo is where you can find lots of shops for leather goods especially gloves.
i bought a pair of black leather gloves with cashmere lining for about 45 euros. i think the price is ok for the quality of soft leather that i got and of course the cashmere lining helped too.
i use it all the time in the winter and it never fails to remind me of florence. so i got more than my money`s worth!
The Scuola di Cuoio is located in the historic church of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo and many other famous Florentines are buried. It really is a school: they teach the fine craft of making leather garments, purses, & various accessories, which are sold on the premises. Apparently because of the educational nature of the business, you will save significantly on leather goods of the very highest quality. They also offer tours of the workshop.
What to buy: This is the place if you are bent on getting a top-quality Italian leather coat. It won't be dirt cheap, but it will be very, very much less than a comparable garment stateside or even in the designer shops in Italy. Furthermore, if you're staying in Florence and have the cash, you can have one custom-tailored. More economical purchases include purses of various sizes, accessories like wallets, etc., but perhaps the most unique items are the old-fashioned leather boxes, ideal for jewelry boxes (tuck in something gold from the Ponte Vecchio & she'll love you forever). The small accessories like eyeglass cases, change purses, etc. are downright cheap so you can stock up on authentic & truly useful souvenirs.
What to pay: Ready-made coats: about 400 euro + up depending on design
Small leather accessories: about 10-15 euro
I bought a gorgeous hand made belt from a stall off one of the Piazza's.
What to buy: Leather is one of Florence's trademarks. I did not need any other leather goods, but one can never have too many belts. There were 2 American tourists buying the same belt that I wanted, and I paid half of what they paid. He even cut the belt to the length that I needed. I love haggeling over prices! The trick is to be nice at the same time. They are there to make a living, don't forget. But that does not mean that you should give all of your money away!
Supposedly a storefront to a factory that sells to Saks Fifth Avenue in the States. Owned by Gianni di Valentino and run by Gianni and his cousins Thomas and Samuel. All are young and quite handsome and play on this fact with the ladies.
What to buy: Wonderful leather jackets that feel like butter in the latest fashion colors and styles.
What to pay: $200-$300 US. These jackets are not cheap.
all kinds of leather shops - shoes, bags, pants...
What to buy: FIRENZE this is the best place to shop for quality leather jackets - lambskin can cost at 450 euro at discounted price... but the price in the jacket will say 1500 euro which will give you room to haggle - get it at 1/3 - of course that is their last price - dont forget your VAT form
Giorgio made Giorgio's special. The owner helped my friend and I pick out some leather jackets that he designed and made with super-soft leather. He was helpful and funny. He spoke really great English, which made bargaining with him easier. Since both of us bought a jacket, he sold 'em to us for $180 each.
What to buy: Leather jackets
What to pay: Below $200
A large leather outlet with a variety of jackets, purses and wallets. Caesar was extremely helpful (and big on flattery) in helping my friend get the perfect jacket. They do on the spot tailoring for the "fits like a glove" result. Be prepared to bargain, bargain, and bargain some more!
What to buy: Leather products
What to pay: Less than half of the marked price
There are a lot of different shops in Florence, while you're at the Basilica of Santa Croce, in the square are several shops selling Leather, also check out the Loggia of the New Market and Ponte Vecchio, Bargain for everything!
What to buy: I bought a leather photo album and leather scrapbook!
What to pay: Dont pay full price, Bargain!
This small shop near Santa Croce has many styles and colors of leather coats, bags, and scarves and other accessories. The owner has worked in the shop since he was a child, learning the craft from his father. They definitely have the sales pitch down, but the prices, quality and friendliness make this shop much better than many others. We gladly selected our two leather coats and parted with a very good deal.
They also have a factory showroom outside of Florence.
What to buy: leather coats, purses, belts, shoes, luggage
What to pay: $200-300
A really nice leather shop. They have leather in many colors and the workmanship was very good.
What to buy: Several people on our tour bought leather jackets here.
What to pay: comparable prices with other shops - $200 and up for good leather coats.
I was on a mission. I was looking for a leather jacket and I didn't want to spend too much. My advice to you would be to avoid the fashionable streets around the Duomo. The prices are bound to be much higher in these shops. Your best bet is to head over the the area around Piazza del Santa Croce or the area around San Lorenzo. I bought a beautiful leather jacket for about $250 (it would cost more than $500-$800 in the States).