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Alice's Mask Studio


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Original handmade papier-mache masks by this father and daughter team.

A true artist's bottega should be just like this one: inspiring, surprising and full of beautiful things made by someone covered in paint and glue. Alice of the name of the workshop is actually the daughter of the maestro of this mask-making atelier, Agostino Dessì, who has been making masks in Florence since 1973 for theatre, opera, films, festivals, and exhibitions.


Saskia


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Unique made-to-measure shoes to match you and your personality.Berlin-born Saskia opened ten years ago her unique atelier-showroom in Florence, where examples of her handiwork hang like works of art from the walls. Her made-to-measure shoes are hand-constructed using English techniques (learned from her cobbler mentor, Germany's best, who worked in London), accented with Italian design. She makes shoes to order in her characteristic style according to your personal touches with an incredible range of material from kangaroo to alligator. All it takes is a visit to her atelier for a mold of your foot and you are on your way to your perfect shoe, skillfully handmade entirely in Saskia's atelier for a truly unique fashion statement. While she mostly makes men's shoes, she can also do women's although a masculine style pervades.

Oro Due


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Classic designs by this traditional family-run goldsmith.On a side street between the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery is the quaint and classic Oro Due, a family-run goldsmiths workshop. Working in the traditional Florentine manner, the young Lorenzo and his father create the gold pieces in the workshop that you can spot behind the counter, while sister Veronica helps customers choose and try on pieces.All the work is of 18 kt white, yellow or pink gold, priced according to weight, as the tradition goes and is often embellished with precious stones. Find simple, elegant and both contemporary and traditional designs such as tiny, vermillion coloured coral-branch pendants or earrings, diamond studs, delicate bracelets, Florentine style rings and very friendly service.There are also some unusual one-off pieces such as real antique Roman coins set in a gold pendant.

Alessandro Dari


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Masterful and totally unique creations somewhere been jewellery, micro-sculptures and art pieces.Alessandro Dari is not your regular goldsmith. He is also a musician, a poet, an artist, an eccentric, creative soul. His amazing creations are one of a kind pieces, often displayed as sculptural installations in his studio, where he can often be found discussing alchemy or strumming his classical guitar. His collections are based on themes of his interests and passions such as music, time, alchemy, sacred art, the ancient Etruscans. One of his most elegant is the “Church” collection, a series of rings based on the gothic and romantic designs of cupolas and facades, studded with sapphires, diamonds, onyx or rubies. Exquisite, organic, fantastical and fictional, his designs are impossibly original. His workshop is as much a stunning gallery as it is a traditional workshop.

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.

Marco Baroni


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An exquisite atelier of beautifully and lovingly made unique jewellery.This little atelier is tucked away in the characteristic artisan neighbourhood of the San Niccolò area. While the two little window displays outside will keep you oohing and ahhing for a while, inside the small atelier you will find the laboratory itself where all the minute and detailed work is done by Marco Baroni and his apprentices. The filigree white and yellow gold rings inlaid with tiny diamonds are breathtaking, but the favourites are the animal rings, which include exquisite gold crocodiles, designed to wrap around your pinky or index finger and little mice with inlaid precious stones on their backs. The atelier also produces an interesting combination of black iron and gold rings and necklaces for men and women that have a distinct medieval air to them. Incredible workmanship and uniqueness.

Antico Setificio Fiorentino


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Antique looms recreate ancient and luxurious textiles in this unique and beautiful studio.Florentines have always been a little bit obsessed with luxurious textiles, and indeed the history of silk weaving and tapestries in Florence goes well back to the late Middle Ages. The Antico Setificio Fiorentino testifies to this. Part workshop, part showroom, with a generous helping of history, the Antico Setificio has been in its current location since 1786, jealously guarding the looms, patterns and fabric designs of some of Florence's most famous textile families of the Renaissance. Come here as much to experience the wonderful history of this disappearing technique as to gaze at the dazzling fabrics in the showroom where they have one off pieces such as cushions, handbags and fabric covered photo frames or, of course, gorgeous fabrics by the meter to furnish your home like a Florentine noble.

Mosaici Lastrucci


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The traditional and intriguing art of pietre dure, the Medici's favourite inlaid stone work, in a jewellery box-like workshop.Father and son team, Bruno and Iacopo Lastrucci, carry on an ancient Florentine art that has almost ceased to exist, the art of pietre dure, an elaborate inlaid process using precious and semi-precious stones to create what is basically a painting made of stone. Domenico Ghirlandaio called it “painting for eternity”. The stones are chosen for their shifting colours and are painstakingly sliced, cut, filed and put together like a precious jigsaw puzzle. It is like walking into a living museum as you enter the studio and watch the nimble and patient hands of the Lastrucci family recreate history. You can purchase any of their jewellery or decorative creations or even antique pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries that are on display in the gallery, and they will package and ship them home for you for free.

Fratelli Alinari


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Florence's most famous 19th century photography studio is now a museum, archives and showroom.Fratelli Alinari is the world's oldest photographic firm, founded in 1852 by three Florentine brothers who made their name in photographing monuments and works of art as well as portraiture.Fratelli Alinari still exists today as a museum and archives, now housing more than 3.5 million photographs, in the same place as the original studios. It is here where you can find the showroom, filled with photographic souvenirs such as calendars, cards, coffee table books, exhibition catalogues and posters from the overwhelming collection of the Alinari archives. You can even purchase a true photograph produced by the Alinari brothers in the 19th century uniquely handprinted at your request from the original glass plate negatives using 19th century techniques.

Tuorlo


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Loveable bags in gorgeous colours and versatile designs with extra helpings of originality.Welcome to the wonderful world of functional, practical, original and beautiful Gabs bags found in the Tuorlo boutique. The idea behind this Florentine bag designer is pure genius: one bag that transforms itself into several different shapes and styles with just the snap of a colourful press stud to suit your mood, where you need to go and what you need to carry. The sturdy designs, quality leather and cheerfully colourful collection means you will love these bags for years to come. There is also a great selection of modern leather accessories such as a laptop carrier, mobile phone pouch, journals and coin pouches, plus a collection of unique handmade jewellery made from leather, buttons and beads.

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