Michelangelo and David,
What are the best keywords for Florence can you list?
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.
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!"
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
"Femininity and romantic nature is where I find..."
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.
Address: Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 22/red, 50123 Florence
"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..."
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.
Address: Via de’ Guicciardini, 31/R, 50125 Florence
"Beautiful! Beautiful! Handcrafted boutique gave us an illusion of Wonderland!..."
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.
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!
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