Shopping In Florence- Spring!

 

Nothing says spring is coming like the first primroses of the season! Makes me want to put my boots away, and  go shopping for dresses and sandals. This year the dresses are fabulous! I love the look of a feminine dress paired with a short leather jacket.

The leather jackets I have seen are in beautiful colors too- not just the classic black and brown: orange, green, yellow- all the colors of spring. I tried on a gorgeous tangerine color jacket in the lightest weight leather I have ever seen. The style made me feel very “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

Despite the recent snow, spring is in the air in Florence. The birds are chirping and the shops are showing the spring lines. Bags, shoes, jewelry…. so many temptations!

Shoppers Happy with Falling Euro!

Not quite equal, but with the euro at $1.26 today, shopping in Italy is even more fun!

Love the euro’s downward trend…just in time for spring shopping. Look for bright colors this spring, especially coral and turquoise. I have seen a gorgeous, super lightweight leather jacket in coral with a stand collar and an Audrey Hepburn feel to it. I used to think that coral was not a good color for most people, but have changed my mind. This particular jacket anyway, has enough rose tones to it to complement any complexion.  It feels just incredible!

As we get closer to the spring, I will be posting photographs of my favorite Italian fashion: leather jackets, bags, shoes and jewelry. Until then, stay warm and watch for the crocus to start blooming soon!

Christmas Shopping in Florence

The weather has turned cold, and there are few tourists in Florence at this time of year. Perfect time to shop for shearlings, scarves, gloves and boots!

We hope that there will not be snow like last year! Just look at the scooters in the snow!

For those of you traveling to Florence now, think scarves. They make an excellent choice for bringing home as gifts. Lightweight, taking up little room in the suitcase, scarves in silk/wool combos are perfect for Christmas presents. My best friend received an early holiday gift of a blue and pink silk scarf. She has had so many compliments on it that she thinks she should start to import them!

Even though a shearling coat takes up lots of room in your luggage, the Italian shearlings  are unlike the heavy ones we are used to in the States! I say just wear it back on the plane!  Along with a pair of handmade Italian boots that feel perfect from the first wearing.  Mine are camel leather and suede- so beautiful! My favorite boot people are in New York now doing a trunk show of shearlings and leather coats right now, but they will be back in Florence next week…

And of course, a little box with some Florentine gold jewelry would be coveted by anyone Christmas morning! My daughters are going to be thrilled with the earrings I bought for them!

Shopping in Florence: Little Fashionista

As you can see, even the littlest girls are fashionistas here in Florence. Note the layered denim look paired with a red vest, matching leggings and the polka dot bag!

 

Weather here is just fabulous: sunny and cool, which makes for perfect shopping excursions. The Florentine gold jewelry has been beckoning to me recently. A client just purchased an ancient Roman coin which had be made into a pendant. A piece of history and a piece of beautiful jewelry too! I am very glad to have only two wrists, or I would cash in my 401K and buy the most exquisite bracelet I have ever seen. Hard to describe, but the workmanship is just incredible, and the bracelet is haunting my dreams!

 

And I am still lusting after several pairs of boots…..gray booties with a 2 inch wedge heel and fun detailing, taupe suede booties with hand stitched accents and the tall camel suede and leather flat boots….decisions, decisions!

 

Makes me wish I were four years old again, having my mother buy my clothes and dressing me in a plaid pleated skirt, a  little red blazer and red mary janes….this fashion obsession was ingrained from an early age. Some habits just don’t die!

Shopping for Shearling Coats in Florence

When I think about shearling jackets, a picture comes to mind: the Marlboro man in a thick, heavy jacket that would withstand the freezing winds of winter spent horseback on the range.

Even though the “Spaghetti Western” movies are lame, the Italian shearling coats are anything but! They are absolutely gorgeous- lightweight, made to fit the body, making me wish I lived in a colder climate!

Shopping for shearlings with several clients this week, and what a selection! My favorites are a dove gray shearling, hip length with horn toggle buttons and a chocolate brown 3/4 length with the softest lining you can imagine. They both are incredibly lightweight, skimming the body to show a woman’s shape while creating lean, ballerina lines. The price? About 1/2 of what we would pay in the States for a heavy, clunky,  shearling coat like the Marlboro man’s….

Autumn days here are cool and sunny so far. Perfect shopping weather! The sweaters, boots and jackets are just so beautiful! The Italian twist on classic clothing is something to behold. Something to be holding. Something to be owning! Am contemplating buying a 4th suitcase to take back to Seattle this winter!

Fall shopping in Florence

Fall is really here now with cool, sunny weather. I am happy because now I can wear boots! Am having some boots custom made for myself in camel leather and suede with a flat heel. I will have to wait a few weeks to get them, but well worth the wait.

I am excited about a new shop that I was introduced to this last week. It is a profumeria where they concoct custom made perfume for individuals in the old Florentine manner. Below is a photo of the “off the rack” perfumes which sell for 35 euro and up. You can select one you like, and then have them customize it for you. Next time I have an hour to spare, I am going to give it a try!

It has been an incredibly busy week with six groups of shoppers. A couple from Shanghai, a doctor from South Africa, girlfriends from Australia, newlyweds from Canada, a couple from New Jersey and a single lady from San Francisco. Everyone enjoyed the cool, sunny weather for shopping here in Florence. As usual, leather jackets, boots, scarves and gold jewelry were favorite purchases.

Scarves, ascots and pashminas!

 

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy