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Best Shopping in Florence

By admin |  April 4 2007


Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

For Florentine fashion houses such as Emilio Pucci and international designer boutiques including Emporio Armani, Gucci and Prada, head to Via Tornabuoni.

Unique hand-crafted gold and leather goods can be found off the beaten track, hidden among Florence’s narrow side streets. Many of the goldsmiths who line the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge still use traditional artisanal methods. For bespoke fragrances visit Lorenzo Villoresi’s renowned perfumery.

LA RINASCENTE

La Rinascente

Kim Soo

+39 055 219 113

Piazza della Repubblica

www.rinascente.it

LUISA VIA ROMA

+39 055 217 321 / +39 055 906 4116

Via Roma, 19-21, 50123

www.luisaviaroma.com

LORENZO VILLORESI HOUSE

Lorenzo Villoresi house

Independent perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi opened his House in 1990.

Located in his ancestral family home overlooking the River Arno, the beautiful Lorenzo Villoresi House can be visited by appointment. His travels throughout the Middle East have profoundly influenced Villoresi’s work, with the result that distinct accents of incense and sandalwood mingle with Tuscan laurels, olives and cypresses. Emblematic of Florence, the iris root is Villoresi’s most precious essence. Winner of the coveted François Coty award in 2006, Villoresi focuses on personalized perfumes and potpourris. In keeping with Florence’s artisanal traditions, Villorezi produces each fragrance manually using time-honored methods. For a truly bespoke fragrance book a private consultation with the perfumer himself.

Ilaria Guasco and Angela Banti

+39 055 234 1187

Via de’ Bardi, 14 (4th floor), 50125

www.lorenzovilloresi.it

PINEIDER

Offering a wide range of luxury artisanal paper, the Piazza della Signoria store opened opposite Michelangelo’s Statue of David in 1774.

Although David has since been relocated to the Accademia Gallery, the Pineider shop still stands and continues to offer an exquisite assortment of high quality leather goods, clothing, hand-crafted stationery, pens and watches, all made by artisans in Florence, France and Holland. Pineider was a favorite among the bourgeoisie for made-toorder visiting cards with their coats of arms engraved in gold. A family-owned business, Pineider still uses traditional methods and each item is endorsed with the official Pineider watermark. Pineider has produced bespoke items for the Savoy Royal family and most recently it was the official supplier for the 2009 G8 Summit. Charles Dickens, Lord Byron and Giacomo Leopardi have all used Pineider products.

Nadia Burberi

+39 055 284 656

Address: Piazza della Signoria, 13-14r

www.pineider.com

STEFANO RICCI

Classic Italian tailoring at its best, Stefano Ricci offers refined clothing and accessories for the discriminating gentleman, as well as a coveted home ware range.

All garments are handmade, with shirts cut from the finest Egyptian cotton and sewn together by expert craftsmen with 25 stitches per inch. The trademark cufflinks are handmade by master goldsmiths using solid gold, platinum, diamond and a host of semi-precious stones including blue topaz, rhodolite, onyx, Iolite, lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl and enamel. The luxury leather range includes wallets, footwear, belts, travel bags and handbags for the perfect gift. True to the tradition of Florentine artisans, each leather item is cut from the skins by hand and the clasps and buckles individually crafted. For interior design, the Stefano Ricci Royal Suite Collection offers exquisite home products using select fabrics and fine china.

+39 055 210 856

Palazzo Tornabuoni, Via De’ Pescioni 1, 50123

www.stefanoricci.com

SCUOLA DEL CUOIO

Francesca Gori Han dbag, Scuola del Cuoio

For one-of-a-kind exceptionally crafted leather accessories visit the Scuola del Cuoio leather school, located in Santa Croce monastery.

Founded by the Gori and Casini families together with Franciscan monks, the school once offered apprenticeships to World War I orphans. Adorned with frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio, the Scuola del Cuoio has the atmosphere of a Renaissance workshop and customers can watch the artisans as they work. As a matter of principle, logos are never engraved on the leather, with the result that each piece is valued solely on the quality of its craftsmanship. Accessories are handmade using calfskin, deer, ostrich, alligator and python. Francesca Gori, daughter of the school’s founder, has a permanent collection of hand-cut and stitched, individually decorated, jeweled handbags. Audrey Hepburn, Steven Spielberg and President Eisenhower have all owned Scuola del Cuoio leather accessories. Book private lessons with a Scuola del Cuoio Master Craftsman and learn how to make your own accessory – from a leather journal cover to a pouch style handbag or monogrammed belt.

Laura Gori & Tommaso Melani Gori

+39 055 244 533/4

Tommaso Melani Gori

Piazza Santa Croce, 16 (through the Church of Santa Croce) and/or Via San Giuseppe, 5/r (through the garden that surrounds the Apse), 50122

www.scuoladelcuoio.com

EMILIO PUCCI

Emilio Pucci

Florentine fashion designer and politician Emilio Pucci died in 1992 at the age of 78.

Fortunately, the Pucci brand still retains his distinct style with its kaleidoscope of bright colors and bold patterned silks. The Florence store carries the full line of ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, sunglasses, fragrances and silk accessories. On the ground floor dresses, blouses and trousers are suspended from the ceiling in front of a luminous wall that showcases Pucci’s vivid color palette. The store’s interior is defined by minimalist curves and an understated white marble and glass staircase. Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy and Madonna have all worn Pucci, and Marilyn Monroe was famously buried in a green Pucci dress.

Monica Masi

+39 055 265 8082

Via dei Tornabuoni, 20-22r

www.emiliopucci.com

FASHION & ACCESSORIES

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AGENT PROVOCATEUR
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.agentprovocateur.com
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
LUISA VIA ROMA

Website: www.alexandermcqueen.com
ANYA HINDMARCH
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.anyahindmarch.com
ARMANI COLLEZIONI
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.armani.com
BALLY
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.bally.com
BOTTEGA VENETA
Phone: +39 055 284 735
Address: Via Degli Strozzi, 6 Nero, 50123
Website: www.bottegaveneta.com
BRIONI
Phone: +39 055 264 5458
Address: Via de Rondinelli, 7, 50123
Website: www.brioni.com
BURBERRY
Phone: +39 055 293 811
Address: Via Tornabuoni, 29r, 50123
 
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.burberry.com
CACHAREL
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.cacharel.com
CÉLINE
Phone: +39 055 264 5521
Address: Via de Tornabuoni, 24/26/28r, 50123
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.celine.com
CESARE PACIOTTI
Phone: +39 055 215 471
Address: Via della Vigna Nuova, 14r
Website: www.cesare-paciotti.com
CHANEL
Phone: +39 055 292 395
Address: Piazza della Signoria, 10r, 50122
Website: www.chanel.com
CORNELIANI
Phone: +39 055 265 4663
Address: Via Calimala, 20/22, Rossi, 50123
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.corneliani.com
DOLCE & GABBANA
Phone: +39 055 281 003
Address: Via degli Strozzi, 12/18
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.dolcegabbana.com
DIESEL
Phone: +39 055 239 9963
Address: Via Dei Lamberti, 13r, 50123
Phone: +39 055 239 9951
Address: Via Arte della Lana, 16r, 50123
Website: www.diesel.com
DIOR
Phone: +39 055 266 911
Address: Via Tornabuoni , 57-59, 50123
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.diorcouture.com
DKNY
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.dkny.com
EMILIO PUCCI
Phone: +39 552 658 082
Address: Via Dei Tornabuoni, 20-22r, 50123
Website: www.emiliopucci.com
EMPORIO ARMANI
Phone: +39 055 284 315
Address: Piazza Strozzi, 16r, 50123
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.emporioarmani.com
ERMANNO SCERVINO
Phone: +39 055 260 8714
Address: Piazza Antinori, 10r, 50123
 
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL FIRENZE
Phone: +39 055 262 6586
Address: Borgo Pinti, 99, 50121
Website: www.ermannoscervino.it
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA
Phone: +39 055 264 254
Address: Via Tornabuoni, 3r
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.zegna.com
ETRO
Phone: +39 055 267 0086
Address: Via della Vigna Nuova, 50r
Website: www.etro.it
FENDI
Phone: +39 055 212 305
Address: Via Degli Strozzi, 21r
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.fendi.com
FRATELLI ROSSETTI
Phone: +39 055 216 656
Address: Piaza Repubblica, 43-45, 50123
Website: www.fratellirossetti.com
GIORGIO ARMANI
Phone: +39 055 219 041
Address: Via Tornabuoni, 48r, 50123
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.armani.com
GIVENCHY
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.givenchy.com
GUCCI
FLAGSHIP
Phone: +39 055 264 011
Address: Via Tornabuoni , 73r-81r, 50123
 
BOUTIQUE
Phone: +39 055 759 221
Address: Via Roma, 32r, 50123
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.gucci.com
HERMÈS
Phone: +39 055 238 1004
Address: Piazza degli Antinori, 6r, 50123
Website: www.hermes.com
HUGO BOSS
Phone: +39 055 239 9176
Address: Piazza Della Repubblica, 46r, 50123
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.hugoboss.com
HUSSEIN CHALAYAN
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.husseinchalayan.com
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.jeanpaulgaultier.com
JOHN RICHMOND
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.johnrichmond.com
KENZO
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.kenzo.com
LA PERLA
GRIGIOPERLA
Phone: +39 055 215 242
Address: Via Strozzi, 24r
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.laperla.com
LANVIN
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.lanvin.com
LORO PIANA
Phone: +39 055 239 8688
Address: Via della Vigna Nuova, 37r
Website: www.loropiana.com
LOUIS VUITTON
Phone: +39 055 266 981
Address: Piazza degli Strozzi, 1, 50123
Website: www.louisvuitton.com
MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.maisonmartinmargiela.com
MALO
LA RINASCENTE

Website: www.malo.it
MARC JACOBS
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.marcjacobs.com
MISSONI
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.missoni.com
MIU MIU
Phone: +39 055 260 8931
Address: Via Roma, 8r, 50123
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.miumiu.com
MOSCHINO
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.moschino.com
NICOLE FARHI
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.nicolefarhi.com
PAUL & JOE
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.paulandjoe.com
PAUL SMITH
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.paulsmith.co.uk
POLLINI
Phone: +39 055 288 672
Address: Via Por Santa Maria, 42r
Website: www.pollini.com
PRADA
Phone: +39 055 283 439
Address: Via Tornabuoni, 53r/67r, 50123
Website: www.prada.com
PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND
MANHATTAN CASUAL DI TARALLO
Phone: +39 055 704 884
Address: Piazza Taddeo Gaddi, 23r, 50100
 
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.pringlescotland.com
PROENZA SCHOULER
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.proenzaschouler.com
RAF SIMONS
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.rafsimons.com
RALPH LAUREN
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.ralphlauren.com
RICK OWENS
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.rickowens.eu
ROBERTO CAVALLI
Phone: +39 055 239 6226
Address: Via Tornabuoni, 83r
 
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.robertocavalli.com
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
Phone: +39 055 292 123
Address: Via dei Tornabuoni, 4r- 14r, 50123
 
BOUTIQUE
Phone: +39 055 289 430
Address: Museo S. Ferragamo, Via dei Tornabuoni, 2, 50123
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.ferragamo.com
SERGIO ROSSI
Phone: +39 055 284 631
Address: Via Tornabuoni 35/37r
Website: www.sergiorossi.com
SONIA RYKIEL
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.soniarykiel.com
TOD’S
Phone: +39 055 219 423
Address: Via Tornabuoni ,103r
Website: www.tods.com
TOMMY HILFIGER
Phone: +39 552 741 041
Piazza Degli Antinori 3D, 50100
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.tommy.com
VALENTINO
Phone: +39 055 293 142
Address: Via dei Tosinghi, 52,r
 
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.valentino.com
VANESSA BRUNO
LA RINASCENTE
LUISA VIA ROMA
Website: www.vanessabruno.com
VERSACE
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.versace.com
YVES SAINT LAURENT
LA RINASCENTE
Website: www.ysl.com

JEWELRY AND WATCHES

Angela Caputi

AUDEMARS PIGUET
CASSETTI GIOIELLI
Phone: +39 055 287 361
Address: Ponte Vecchio, 54r, 50125
 
GIOIELLERIA FRATELLI COPPINI
Phone: +39 055 215 585
Address: Via Della Vigna Nuova, 93/95r
 
GIOIELLERIA UGO PICCINI
Phone: +39 055 214 511
Address: Via por Santa Maria, 9-11r, 50122
Website: www.audemarspiguet.com
BAUME & MERCIER
ANCRE
Phone: +39 055 294 005
Address: Via Cavour, 110r, 50129
 
PINZANI
Phone: +39 055 600 308
Address: Via della Roninella, 83r, 50135
 
MARRETTI ALBERTO
Phone: +39 055 215 603
Address: Via Calzaiuoli, 86r, 50122
Website: www.baume-et-mercier.com
BREGUET
MARRETTI ALBERTO
Phone: +39 055 215 603
Address: Via Calzaiuoli, 86r, 50122
Website: www.breguet.com
CHOPARD
CHOPARD BOUTIQUE
Phone: +39 055 267 0157
Address: Via della Vigna Nuova 41/43r
Website: www.chopard.com
OMEGA
ENRICO VERITÀ 1865
Phone: +39 055 287 862
Address: Via Dei Calzaiuoli, 122r, 50122
 
Florence Gold Center Srl
Phone: +39 055 216 348
Address: Via Dell’Anguillara, 4r, 50122
 
PICCINI UGO
Phone: +39 055 214 511
Address: Via Por Santa. Maria, 9/11 r, 50122
Website: www.omegawatches.com
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
BARDUCCI BARDO E FIGLIO S.P.A.
Phone: +39 055 230 2322
Address: Via degi Strozzi, 22r, 50123
 
GIOIELLERIA PICCINI UGO & FIGLIO S.P.A.
Phone: + 39 055 214 511
Address: Via Por Santa Maria ,7-11r, 50122
Website: www.vacheronconstantin.com

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