Florence is famous for its leather with good reason. The lightweight, supple, buttery texture of the leather lends itself to beautifully fitting jackets and coats. The short jacket is very popular now: wear it with jeans, over a dress, with a skirt. The standard colors are black, camel, red and chocolate brown, but we are seeing new colors like blue and green as well.
The shearling coats are something to behold! This coat is an olive green leather with chinchilla trim-surprisingly lightweight and warm. The shearlings come both with and without fur trim. These coats lend themselves to everything from jeans to dressy clothing.
The small leather goods: belts, wallets, gloves, etc. abound here in Florence. I love the store with two rooms of just gloves! The Italians have such a great sense of classic style with a twist. A little stitching here, or tiny buttons in a contrasting color make the plain black gloves so beautiful and special. And then there are the handbags……
So many shoppers come with ideas about what they want, but when they see the unique pieces here, they often end up purchasing something very different! Just look at this green braided handbag, which comes from an elderly leather craftsman here in Tuscany.