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Officine Panerai


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The ultimate in watchmaking: history, prestige, technology and sex appeal.Spoil yourself or a loved one at Officine Panerai with one of their world class watches. Based in Florence since 1860 as one of the original watchmaker shops on the Ponte alle Grazie bridge, the shop moved to its current location in front of the Baptistery at the turn of the century. By then, Officine Panerai had made a name for itself as the official supplier of the Royal Italian Navy. Over the decades it continued supplying the Italian navy not only with the latest technology watches that could be submerged to never-before-seen depths by divers, but also depth gauges, torches, compasses and other underwater instruments which can still be seen in the Historical Archives hosted in the shop. Don't be shy, to be let in just ring the buzzer on the right hand side of the door.

Luisa Via Roma


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Exclusive, luxury shopping, with a cocktail bar thrown in for good measure.For a taste of where the extremely wealthy and elite go shopping, pop in to Luisa Via Roma, in the heart of Florence's hustle and bustle. In the Luisa bubble you have all of the world's most covetable designer labels for men and women under the one roof, plus its own exlusive and luxurious terrace bar, where you can grab a cocktail or a coffee while you're shopping, making this the ultimate shopping experience for those who like everything under the one roof. With regular invite-only cocktail parties and events, such as the recent book signing of the fashion guru blogger, the Sartorialist, this is one address the jet-setting, well-dressed and well-heeled will want to know about. Watch out for the cutthroat designer sales held only twice a year in January and July.

Aprosio & Co


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An illuminating boutique of miniature glass-beaded beauties.This truly imaginative jewellery and accessories boutique is in the heart of Florence's artisan quarter. Roman designer Ornella Aprosio opened her glass bead atelier and showroom in Florence in 1993, using traditionally made Murano glass and Bohemian crystal beads to create jewellery and accessories exclusively by hand. Perfection and attention to detail are of great importance to each unique piece, as the tiniest of glass and crystal beads are woven, crochet, knit and threaded. Taking inspiration from nature, you will see insects, snakes, flowers, animals and fruits in a large part of the collection of accessories. Her latest collection includes luscious objects for the home including curtains and cushions embellished with beads, and finely woven cashmere with crystal.

Loretta Caponi


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Legendary artisan embroidering for exclusive bedlinen, loungewear and children's wear.Loretta Caponi began embroidering as a child and has since become a sort of living legend, a true artisan rather than simply a designer. Exquisitely hand-embroidered details and natural fibres such as silk, linen and cotton are some of her trademarks that she now shares together with her daughter.It is not difficult to understand why her clients include people like Prince Charles and Anthony Hopkins, who claims she has the “finest store in all of Italy”. Among her many creations are luxurious men and women's loungewear, linen and children's wear, such as all-out, hand embroidered, long, ceremonial dress with matching bonnet. Also of worthy mention is the children's bedlinen – just ask Madonna, who had Caponi make a set for her newborn son, Rocco.