Florence is celebrated for it's leather. It's difficult to come to this beautiful city and not want to go home with a wonderful, new leather jacket or accessory to boast about! I'd like to help you find the best quality and authentic Made in Italy, or better yet, Made in Florence products. There is so much choice out there that it's difficult to be certain if you're getting the real deal. I will take you to some of the best new and historic boutiques which offer great products and fine craftsmanship. Some of these shops have passed through several generations of artisans. We will visit shops that make their own leather products on site and you will be able to have a behind- the- scenes view of the production process. You can tailor make your own belt, understand the art behind a pair of bespoke shoes or find those smaller shoe shops that design and produce locally. We'll find quality handbags that don't have to be designer and beautiful leather gloves. I can show you the different grains of leather as well as explain the difference between many exotic skins. By the end of the experience you will understand the history of leather in Florence and even be able to have some of your new items hand personalised with your initials in gilded gold or silver leaf.
Ever since I was a child I have loved fashion and I have always tried to cultivate my own personal style. I moved to Florence from Canada 20 years ago and enrolled in a 3 year Fashion Marketing course with the acclaimed fashion institute, Polimoda. I now work as a sales consultant for luxury brand, Salvatore Ferragamo, with expertise in Ladies' Leathergoods and have developed my own business, Shop In Florence. I love meeting new people and sharing my love of fashion with them. Florence is the perfect city to do this!
To start off the day I will take you to see some artisans at work in a unique, historical setting. Afterwards, we will peruse some of Florence's best boutiques with quality leather goods and accessories as well as incredible craftsmanship. You will have a chance to see many different shops specialising in diverse products ranging from leather jackets, handbags, gloves, belts, shoes and leather-bound handmade books.
Bring your energy and enthusiasm for a fun-filled shopping day and comfy shoes are a must! If you don't see the date or time that interests you, please contact me and I will do my best to accomodate your schedule.