Renaissance arts,
Michelangelo and David,
Leather goods,
Golden jewellery...

What are the best keywords for Florence can you list?

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How are you? It’s a short break after Christmas and soon we need to prepare for the New Year. Have you bought or received the best festival gifts this year? I want to take “shopping” as today’s topic. I’ve been so impressed by Florence in my last short trip there, and I consider it as the best shopping destination for fashion lover, vintage hunters and handcraft fans. Today I would like to share my favorite boutique findings with you. 
 
For all the new readers here, I am writing here with my passion to history and culture while connecting my lifestyle in the city I am currently living and the trips I’ve been taking over the time. As usual, I would like to insert a short cultural part related to the topic. I really hope you would enjoy reading this extra part and feel happy to bring this knowledge away. 
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Florence, was once the capital city of Italy, the richest city in Europe, and the beginning of the Renaissance. Its influence is not only the fine art we know today, but the banking and finance industry development, high fashion and handcrafts. 

Ponte Vecchio, is the “shining gold” above the river Arno. Because it is the famous location where you can find the finest and the most traditional goldsmiths and jewellery? Instead, it is because Ponte Vecchio is the historic symbol of Florence turning into an extreme elegant and rich city. In 16th century, Ponte Vecchio was officially nominated for the exclusive place for fine handcraft business including goldsmiths, of course, for the reason to push away the butcher business which actually occupied the riverside area for 200 years. The situation is a bit similar to the famous Forum Boario in Rome, where once was occupied by the meat market and the lower-class.

 

"Florence, A Boutique Paradise"

 I and my girl friend (who is definitely a “horrible” shopaholic) took our short Florence trip in the late November. Yes, we’ve encountered pouring-style rain in our arriving day, however, as an ideal shopping destination, Florence offers us perfect rain-escape to The Mall – the ultimate high-fashion brands outlet, where you can find Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, Chloe, YSL, Givenchy and so many others I cannot recall now.

 
Well, personally, I am a one-special-piece hunter rather than a brand-shopper. I know, this must be a “debatable” thing for most of you, and sometimes, even I won’t announce myself as an brand-vegan. Shopping brands, doesn’t mean a bad thing, as long as the collections of those brand are truly for you, suit you, please you! Our love to a specific high-fashion brand, is mostly for its promised quality, design and cutting, as well as the messages of the designer, the textile, the handcrafts behind each piece, however, we all know, not a brand will have one designer forever, and not a designer will hold his creation unchanged. Even to see ourselves, me of 10 years old is definitely a big different version of me right now, why? Because, we change every day, as we are growing, collecting experience, adapting different environment. That’s why I always prefer to search for a perfect piece, which how much it suits me would be 10 time more important than it is from which fashion house.
 
For who is on the same page as me, I have few places of cute pieces for you.

Street Doing Vintage Couture

"...all the tiny "gaps" are surely stuffed by something from 60s to 90s made-in-Italy, which probably came from grandma's personal collection!"​

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My favorite vintage shopping location in this trip, where we probably spent more than an hour there.

As most of Italian boutiques, you would be surprised when discovering a spacious vintage “jungle” after entering from the “piccola” door. The “jungle” is vertically expanding from the finest and the most special collection of leather bags and winter clothes, to a space covered by the cute Prada cat heels in 90s, the royal dresses in 80s and when you look up, the owner’s favorite Louis Vuitton collection, of course, all the tiny “gaps” are surely stuffed by something from 60s to 90s made-in-Italy, which probably came from grandma’s personal collection!

The girls in the shop were as lovely as the owner himself. The only tip I can give you is planning some time there and searching as a gold-hunter carefully, and don’t forget to enjoy a bargain with the owner.

Street Doing Vintage Couture

Address: Via dei Servi, 88/r, 50122 Florence

Boutique Nadine

"Femininity and romantic nature is where I find..."

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Femininity and romantic nature is where I find in Nadine.

The first time I discovered them is a few years ago, in a summer mid-day time. When I walked along the Arno, the elegant warm vintage tone from their window attracted me immediately, and this is the short moment how “we” encountered.

The biggest love of Nadine is their cute jewellery, from necklaces to rings, however, they always keep a good collection of fine cotton and silk based clothes. 

Boutique Nadine

Address: Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 22/red, 50123 Florence

Rive Gauche

"The owner is typical Italian man, and probably Tuscany man style, which means, don't get offended if he makes a bad joke with you..."

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Crossing Ponte Vecchio, there is a small zone famous of leather goods before reaching Piazza Pitti. Among them, we found Rive Gauche, a leather shoe maker from 1976. 

The whole shop is a showroom of red-brownish leather shoes which makes it stand out from other shoe shops. I definitely recommend it if you are searching for a good pair of fine Italian leather shoes with classic but not old-fashion design, and more important with a long-lasting quality.

The owner is typical Italian man, and probably Tuscany man style, which means, don’t get offended if he makes a bad joke with you. The only downside of this shop is they don’t offer any tax-refund service. 

Rive Gauche

Address: Via de’ Guicciardini, 31/R, 50125 Florence

Signum

"Beautiful! Beautiful! Handcrafted boutique gave us an illusion of Wonderland!..."

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Beautiful! Beautiful! Handcrafted boutique gave us an illusion of Wonderland!

Stationeries for kids and adults, leather-cover notebooks and crafted postcards, the most precious hand-painted ancient maps of Italian cities, and many more, were all what we find super attracting.

It is not a place where you can find one euro souvenir, however, as I mentioned from the beginning, quality and something pleasing would definitely weight more for me. 

Signum Shops

L.no Archibusieri 14/R, Florence

B.go de Greci 40r

Via de Benci, 29/r-31/r

Happy shopping and hope you a happy New Year soon!

xoxo


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