Florence is well known for being the cradle of the Renaissance, in other words, an open-air museum. And, of course, it’s known for its amazing food (like the rest of Italy), from its most typical street food, like ‘panino al lampredotto’, to the hearty and tasty ‘ribollita’. But how many of you know Florence’s fashion, and where to find the best leather shops in Florence?
Besides the typical Italian haute couture stores that you can visit in Via Tornabuoni, Florence offers a wide range of local items such as clothes, bags and accessories. Specifically, leather goods shops and market stands are particularly popular in Florence’s old streets. And while fridge magnets can be fun souvenirs to bring back home, a beautiful leather jacket or bag can manage to bring you right back to your fashionable days in Florence.
San Lorenzo Marketplace & Shops
San Lorenzo, or Mercato Centrale, is Florence’s biggest market. In the exterior part located on the streets surrounding Piazza San Lorenzo, you can find plenty of stands selling leather goods, souvenirs, jewelry and more. Behind the stands, you can also find some leather goods shops. If you’re on a budget, it’s worth trying to bargain and bring the price of the items you want to buy down, as sellers are open to this option.
If you’re feeling chatty, this might also be a good opportunity to get to know some locals – either the sellers or other people you meet at the market – and ask for recommendations.
Best Leather Goods
If you like to plan and want to know exactly what to look for when shopping, here are some of the best leather items you can find in shops in Florence:
- Suitcases – These are not the typical carry-ons you would carry to the airport. They are more similar to the old-fashioned suitcases people used to carry in the old days.
- Bags – You can find bags of any size: shoulder strap bags, backpacks, bigger day bags and medium-sized ones. As regards colors, you can really find anything you’re looking for!
- Jackets – This is an item most Florentines keep in their wardrobe for the autumn season. It’s practical, sleek, elegant and perfect for when it gets chilly outside.
- Accessories – Leather accessories are the perfect gift to bring back home to family and friends, as they are small and easy to carry but also meaningful.