April 4, 2007

Best Shopping in Florence

By Verdict Staff

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

la rinascente

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