Finding the perfect souvenir to take back with you from Florence takes a lot of thought. Between all the amazing homemade products, it’s hard to choose just one to tuck into your suitcase. However, if you want something that is meant to last a little longer than the limoncello that's sure to be consumed, a leather jacket or purse is the perfect option for you.
Designer Davide Cerasi has been a staple of the Florentine leather trade for years. From his shop at the Ponte Vecchio, he has quickly become one of the most celebrated names within Florence for his creations and his care toward perfecting his leather products to suit the customer.
Even after his acquired fame, he still maintains the same care and thought in his new creations. Cerasi is a favorite among the locals and among tourists alike; just because he is located near the prime tourist spot of the Ponte Vecchio doesn’t mean that he doesn’t know Italian leather. In fact, he might know it best out of the many factories in the area.
One of the beautiful bags designed by Davide Cerasi — Photo courtesy of Davide Cerasi
Florence and leather are intertwined in the history of the city. The Florentines were leather and wool traders and accumulated their massive wealth by knowing how to show off their goods and bargaining for good prices. Nothing has changed.
You can still walk through the Mercato Nuovo or the San Lorenzo Market and check out some of the mass-produced leather products they have available. These options are great, but they might not be what you want when you're looking for something truly special, when finding the perfect cut is imperative.
When you want a leather jacket or bag as unique as you are, you want to go to the expert. Cerasi speaks flawless English, so if you need to convey a design idea or you need an aspect of your new jacket or purse changed, you can have it done soon and with the care you expect from someone as skillful as he is.
If you're thinking about stopping by his shop on the Ponte Vecchio, he’s open every day of the week from 9:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Feel free to stop by while visiting the famous bridge, and talk to him about whether or not a custom leather jacket or purse could be made for you.
Even if you don’t have enough time to wait for a gift like that, Cerasi has some other options available for sale, so you’re more than likely to find something that works for you.