Find the Best in Men's Style at the Shops in Florence
By Alexa Schnee
Florence Local Expert
Florence is the perfect location for you to find what you are looking for when you want a professional, classic look. Style is everything in a city that used to be the fashion capital of Italy, and when you want to know that you will find your perfect look, all you have to do is head down to the shopping district to find the best shops available.
Think about truly getting to know Florence at Gucci. The city is the home base of this fashion giant, and you'll find beautiful accessories and clothing. The staff is happy to help you and share the history of the brand as you look through the multitude of items available.
Also consider heading to Giorgio Armani for another stop where you can find classic styles and a thorough collection of items. Here is the best place in Florence to pick up a suit if you need one. The Armani name is famous for a reason, and when you want that pristine Italian style, there is not better place to stop by and look around with your checkbook. Also consider looking into Luisaviaroma for the kind of items that you won't be able to find anywhere else in the city.
For both the casual and the dressy, Milord is a great place to take a look around and see what you can find. You'll find a classic style and plenty of different choices, making it hard to choose which items to bring home. Think about looking into buying a selection of shirts or some ties here--it's a bit tucked away from all the main tourist stores so you will have the individual attention of the staff and you won't feel rushed. There are many stores in Florence, but Milord is the right amount of personal and practical for your work week. (39 055 280739)
Originally called "Tie Your Tie," Frasi is one of Florence's most famous and best known shops for men. Located near Santa Maria Novella, the accessories shop has been making a name for itself for years. You'll find all sorts of ties for any occasion, and you can talk to the sales staff here to help you pick out the best in business shirts and ties. It's one of the best ways to get a taste of old Florence and to end up with clothing that you know you will continue to wear for years to come. Stop by when you are headed to the Santa Maria Novella area for some expert advice.
If you are going to purchase anything specific in Florence that will last you years, consider looking into a leather jacket made personally for you by leather maker David Cerasi. Cerasi is well-known for being one of the most prominent names in the leather industry in a city where leather isn't so much a tradition as it is an essence of the city itself. You'll get to talk to the master as he fashions a custom-made jacket or purse to your liking. Stop by his shop located close to the Ponte Vecchio where you not only have a view, but you are also treated to some of the best leather products in the city. (055 282019)
Famous for their scarves and accessories, you won't find a more elegant shop in Florence. If you are considering something specific and you know that you need someone to help you find the right choice, the salespeople at Hermes can help you to find whatever you need. This is a great place to stop by if you need items for work or you are planning on dressing up for a night out. You can find Hermes near the other high luxury shops in Florence, making it a convenient stop when you need to pick out a whole new wardrobe for an event or to impress.
Luisviaroma has unique style and plenty of options for men. Between the creative window dressings and the helpful staff, you'll find something you'll be proud to take back from your trip. Look into some of the sales they have here--they're discreet and you can end up saving some money on quality items. You can also expect to find items a little out of the ordinary here--there's a little something for everyone whether you are into the classic chic look or you want to try something new. Located right downtown, it's easy to get to and spend an afternoon looking around. (+39 0559064116)
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
Leather products and items you might need for accessories are located at this high-end shop located right in the heart of Florence's shopping center. You'll find beautiful, hand-crafted accessories you can use for years, and the staff is some of the most helpful in the area. There is also a nearby museum where you can learn about the influence that the Salvatore Ferragamo brand accumulated over the years and the quality and care that they put into their products. The store itself is also large and there is a wide variety, so you will be sure to find anything you need right there. (+39 055 3360456, +39 055 3360455)
Nothing says Florentine more than Gucci--and as the home of the fashion giant, it would be a shame not to pop into this fabulous shop located near other large fashion names. You'll find everything at Gucci, but for men, the best accessories in the city are located here. Even if you don't plan on bringing anything home, it's worth it to take a quick look into the store and to see what is available--the shop itself is classy and definitely deserves a glance. If you are interested in fashion history, think about stopping by the nearby Gucci Museum to learn more. (55-264-011)
For those who love fashion and the old-style class of Florence, Erdi Chiarini is the place for you. Nothing says style more than this shop with old-class charm and elegance. You'll find everything you need there in order to impress or to enjoy a casual afternoon--whatever you need, you're sure to find it here. Casual clothing is the main focus here, so if you are considering finding the perfect accessories and clothes meant for a casual get together, you'll find it here at this shop. Take your time to look around--there's a lot to see and you want to make the best choices you can.
For some of the best of the best in quality, Versace offers men the chance to truly appreciate what they are wearing and what products are available. This fashion giant offers shoppers plenty of options to peruse over and consider buying. You might want to consider bringing your checkbook--Versace has some amazing, high-quality products but they are also very expensive. You'll be glad you thought to check out this fashion icon in a city where fashion used to be the most paramount of interests--it's a testament to the city of Florence and when fashion was extremely important to the Florentine people.
For a truly Italian, classy look, you can't go wrong with the Florence location of Giorgio Armani. Finding that classic Italian style is easy when you stop by the Armani shop, where you will find suits and accessories that will not only last you years, but also epitomize the best in the city. You'll want to spend all afternoon finding new items to take home to impress your family. It's also one of the most expensive shops in Florence, so you will want to make sure that you have plenty of money in your back account before you choose to step inside. (55-219-041)
About Alexa Schnee
Currently residing in Florence, Alex is a travel writer and author. She is addicted to coffee, reading, and seeing new places. She has been to near fifteen different countries in Europe, all without spilling her cappuccino. She's the author of Shakespeare's Lady, and is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she resided for two years. When she isn't on the road, you will most likely find her in the Uffizi Gallery or working on her next novel.
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