Lily of Florence was a great find. Being a shoe lover I was impressed with the quality of the shoes at reasonable prices. The service was excellent and family run.
What to buy: Leather, Shoes, Handbags, Art Crafts
What to pay: $125
Address: Via Guicciardini#2 right off the Ponte Vecchio
Directions: Right off the Ponte Vecchio on the Pitti Palace side of the river.
Phone: 055 294748
In the Piazza Santa Croce there are AMAZING leather and jewelry shops. Yes, we ended up spending the $100s but it was well worth it and has more than retained its value and use. The jewelry and leather planner I bought have not tattered whatsoever and it's been 2+ years now.
Definitely worth the while!!!
What to buy: Leather and Jewelry
Olive Oil and Wine are also great items here!
What to pay: $100s if you don't watch yourself!!
Directions: Santa Croce SquareAdd to your Trip Planner
I bought the BEST bag at Monom, bags and accessories near the San Lorenzo Market. Giorgio, the owner, was delightful, and gave me a HUGE discount on my bag. I was on a student budget, and needed a good deal. I definately got it. Giorgio was so much fun, that I went back to visit before I left Florence. If you EVER get a chance to visit the shop, don't miss out! Borgo la Noce 15r, Florence, 50123 (next to the San Lorenzo Market and close to the Central Market).
What to buy: Bags, Bags, and MORE BAGS! All leather goods. Florence is FAMOUS for it's leather goods. Check out the San Lorenzo Market for good deals.
What to pay: It depends on the item, quality, style, and mark. You can start at 20 euro and go up past 400 euro for a high quality leather bag.
Address: Borgo la Noce, 15r, Florence, Italy 50123
Directions: Start at the Duomo, go to Borgo San Lorenzo, take the second street to the right, Borgo la Noce, middle of the street, on the left. *Same way as to Za-Za's Restaurant.
FERI s.a.s is a small leather goods shop selling leather wallets and an incredible assortment of leather handbags. The saleswoman gave me an big discount on a lambskin handbag I brought there. I only spent a little over a hundred dollars on it. She was incredibly friendly, persuasive, and showed me with a cigarette lighter how real leather doesn't burn again and again! She also gave me tips on how to care, condition, and moisturize my leather handbag for life. I recommend all women interested in genuine leather handbags to check it out. While the prices in store shops are higher than the ones on the street. Keep in mind that you are paying a higher price for much better quality and being assured it's genuine cowskin or lambskin. The ones sold on the street markets are not only of much lower quality leather it's either fake or made of pigskin.
What to pay: 70 euros and up
Address: Piazza Duomo 34/r
Directions: Around Santa CrocRelated to:
Roberta's has a glove shop adjacent to their leather bag shop. They leather gloves in all varieties. They have a range of sizes, designs and colours. You can also choose the type of lining you want e.g. unlined, silk or cashmere. (silk is good for most weather conditions, although cashmere is nice for really cold climates.) The staff are very helpful.
the shop is south of the Arno, so there are less crowds, although this shop seems to be gaining popularity.
What to pay: 20-50 euros
Address: Borgo San JacopoAdd to your Trip Planner
Luciano's sells leather goods in all varieties. They have a range of sizes, deisgns and colours. you can also choose the type of lining you want e.g. unlined, silk or cashmere. (silk is good for most weayher conditions, althought cashmere is nice for really cold climates.)
What to pay: expect to pay from 20-50 euros depending on the length and lining
Address: via Por Santa Maria
Directions: It's a small shop just off the ponte Vecciho (North of the Arno). Opposite Mandarina Duck.Add to your Trip Planner
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
Directions: It is on the left when walking from Duomo to Piazza Della Signoria
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
Address: Piazza di Santa Croce 16
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.
Address: Via dei Cimatori, 24-26
Directions: Not far from the Duomo.
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
Address: all over Firenze