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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.

L'Occhialaio


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Sleek and sexy eyeglasses - an Italian fashion must.Many people don't know that eyeglasses were invented by a Florentine in the 1200s, but it perhaps explains why you might notice that Florentines will very often be seen flaunting them, whether they be regular optical eyeglasses (with or without a prescription!) or sunglasses (as a rule, Italians are allowed to wear sunglasses indoors, or at night, without being ridiculed. It's an Italian fashion thing, like fur coats). From sleek aviator styles to colourful plexi styles to 60s style cats-eye glasses you will find all the iconic styles, neatly displayed like a museum exhibit. Find labels such as the covetable and understated Oliver Peoples, Okki and Paul Smith at the stylish L'Occhialaio.

Fiori del Tempo


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A jewel box as big as a wardrobe or a jewellery shop as little as a cupboard? Either way you look at it, this little gem (no pun intended) is more than meets the eye. Handmade by Frencesco Deidda, his sterling silver and gold-plated jewellery – pretty pieces in simple but covetable designs inspired by the Renaissance and Art Deco – fill every nook and cranny with a wide variety of pieces and colourful stones to suit every taste, age or outfit. Materials used range from semi-precious and precious stones, freshwater pearls, resin and plexi. Better still, it's all very easy on your wallet. Choose from classic freshwater pearl earrings from around 6 euro a pair to gold plated antique replicas that go from around 20 euro to huge romantic blooming resin rose earrings for 30. If you're in the area, you can also visit the slightly bigger boutique in Via de' Ginori.

Angela Caputi


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Creative, joyous and elegant costume jewellery for the woman who's not shy about dressing up.Characterised by big colours and even bigger shapes and forms made out of resin and other synthetic materials, these pieces are not for the faint-hearted or those that simply want to blend in to the crowd. Often appearing as luxurious materials such as ivory, turquoise, tortoise shell, coral, jade and onyx, these accessories have caught the eye of costume designers and celebrities from the TV and cinema world since 1975 when Angela Caputi first opened shop in Florence. Expect unique and striking colour combinations, simple and organic or geometric shapes, and artfully created designs that will add wow factor to any outfit. She and her team of jewellery makers work from the boutique-studio in via Santo Spirito, with Angela herself still designing every one of a kind piece.

Mrs Macis


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A playful and colourful atmosphere in this one of a kind clothing boutique.Designer Carla Macis (pronounced ma-chis), creates unusual clothing using modern and vintage textiles from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Each piece is one of a kind, sewn according to the quantity of material available, often scraps fished out by Carla in her travels around the country. Here you will find feminine and flatteringly cut clothes and lots and lots of colour. Her experience working with Maison Emiliano Pucci no doubt contributed to this taste for colourful, printed fabrics. Along with the collection, you will find Carla's handmade accessories to complement that patterned bat wing top you have your eye on, and Mrs Macis can even make an exact miniature outfit for little girls who want the same dress as their stylish mammas. Unique and quirky, ironic and tasteful.

Roberta


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A leather staple if you are looking for quality leather accessories from Florence. The family have been working in leather goods since World War II and pride themselves in their all-Italian made leather products: bags, briefcases, wallets, belts and gloves in classic styles and a myriad of colours. The bags are Roberta's own in-house label and are characterized by timeless, pratical designs to take you through countless seasons and occasions. Another favourite is the selection of gloves for men and women crafted out of soft leather, unlined or lined with cashmere, with countless colours to choose from. In addition to the great leather accessories, you can also find Roberta's own silk men's ties and quality wool and cashmere scarves for men and women. Prices are extremely affordable considering the wonderful quality. Look out for the two separate entrances to Roberta on this street (one at no. 74 and one at no. 78).

Save the Queen!


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Works of art to wear: expect the unexpected with this Florentine fashion house. This eccentric Florentine design house, headed by Elena and Marco Fantini, distinguish themselves from their high fashion counterparts by a heavy focus on artisan techniques, modern culture and innovative design and use of colour. Old traditions and a family atmosphere characterise the work ethic of the creative team, while Elena heads up the constant search for creative inspiration for the collections, ranging from everything from art to cinema to travel. Colourful, original, sweet prints in all shapes and forms enhanced with artisan details (such as beading, ruffling and embroidery) that will take you from the beaches of Rio to the streets of New York are complemented with just the right accessories. Never blend in again with a fabulous piece of Save the Queen in your wardrobe.

Simone Righi


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Carefully selected, classic menswear for men serious about their fashion.The apparently humble and understated look of this store from afar, tucked away and slightly off the main and exclusive street of Via della Vigna Nuova, should not be mistaken. Tie your Tie is a boutique known as the place for elegant, personalised service for menswear. Named in 1996 as one of the most elegant shops in the world, it prides itself in its local, tailormade and quality selection of men's clothing and accessories. Designed as a one-stop-shop for men's dressing literally from head to toe, jackets, suits, shirts, printed ties, shoes and all the accessories that go with it (even their own men's fragrance) can be found in this boutique. Simone, the elegant and sophisticated owner, is a favourite subject of the fashion guru blogger the Sartorialist, attesting to his impeccable taste in fashion.

Gianni Chiarini


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Understated, stylish contemporary handbags.Florentine handbag designer, Gianni Chiarini, has his flagship store on one of Florence's swankiest streets – no small feat for the relatively young company. His contemporary designs of all shapes and sizes in mostly elegant, sober greys, browns, blacks and neutral colours are clearly the reason for his success. Find evening and day bags, wallets, purses and a great collection of the very versatile clutch. Don't be scared off by the fancy street however (his neighbours are La Perla, Bang & Olufsen and Gianfranco Ferré, just to give you an idea), the prices here are better than those you can find on the streets of the markets, and the designs are current. We also like the trademark stacks of corrugated cardboard used as display cases.

A.N.G.E.L.O


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Desirable and wearable vintage from the A.N.G.E.L.O collection.Aside from having the best chandelier ever (made out of vintage hats filled with light bulbs, dangling from the ceiling), this vintage store has some beauties stocked in its tightly packed clothes racks. The Florence boutique is a tiny version of the original “A.N.G.E.L.O Vintage Palace” in the town of Lugo, near Ravenna, which is a vintage haven with an infamous historical archive of over 30,000 vintage garments that are often hired or used for fashion shoots, films or research by customers and fashion experts alike. Since June 2009, Florence has been blessed with its own A.N.G.E.L.O store of men's and women's vintage, with an interesting collection of items ranging from collector pieces to bargain bins. We particularly like the 15 euro a kilo offer - all of the upstairs items are on sale by weight, so you can grab yourself a feather light summer dress for as little as 1.50 euro here. On Sunday evenings the store offers a free aperitif and finger food for shoppers - another good excuse to come here.

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